People

Yosemite 2012
Frank and Goodman Labs at May Lake in Yosemite, 2012

Principal Investigator
Michael Frank

Research Staff
Janelle Klaas
Ally Kraus

Collaborators
Stephan Meylan

Grad Students
Ali Horowitz
Molly Lewis
Kyle MacDonald
Ann Nordmeyer
Erica Yoon

Lab Alumni
(photos)

Postdocs
Guido Pusiol
Brandon Roy
Dan Yurovsky

Undergraduates
Nicholas Moores
Laura Soriano
Elise Sugarman

 

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Principal Investigator

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Michael C. Frank (personal page)
Principal Investigator

Mike did his his undergrad at Stanford in Symbolic Systems and his PhD work at MIT. He is broadly interested in the relationship between language and cognition, especially as it relates to children's early language development.

 

Postdocs

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Guido Pusiol (personal page)
Postdoc

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Dan Yurovsky (personal page)
Postdoc

Dan did his graduate work at Indiana University and his undergrad at Carnegie Mellon. Having spent some time thinking about infant language learners as physical symbol systems and as attentionally-driven associationists, he's now trying to model them as social inference machines.

 

Graduate Students

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Ali Horowitz
4th year PhD Student

Ali completed a B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester in 2008 and spent two years as a lab manager at MIT before beginning her graduate studies. She is interested in how children use language to make inferences about a speaker's knowledge.

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Molly Lewis
3rd year PhD Student

Molly completed a B.A. in Linguistics at Reed College in 2009 and then spent two years as a lab manager in Duane Watson's lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In her graduate studies, she is interested in exploring how the language learner acquires an understanding of the relationship between language and conceptual structure.

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Kyle MacDonald
1st year PhD Student

Kyle graduated from Wesleyan University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2010. He is intersted in understanding the importance of social information for language learning. Currently, he is exploring how joint attention supports learning across different contexts and language modalities (spoken vs. signed languages).

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Ann Nordmeyer
3rd year PhD Student

Ann completed a B.A. in Psychology at Smith College, where she worked for three years in the de Villiers lab studying language acquisition and language and thought. She is currently interested in examining pragmatic, semantic, and conceptual issues in the development of negation. Even though she spends her time thinking about negative utterances, she is actually a very positive person!

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Erica Yoon
1st year PhD Student

Erica completed a B. A. Sc. in Cognitive Science at McGill University. She worked in the Onishi lab, studying how infants use cues for speech segmentation, and also how adults interpret sentences with ambiguous meanings. She is interested in looking at how adults and children integrate different contextual cues for language learning and processing.

 

Undergraduates

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Nicholas Moores
Junior in Linguistics

Nick is a Linguistics major and Psych coterm interested in how children use both low-level acoustic information and high-level pragmatic reasoning during language learning. He is working with Ann Nordmeyer on a project investigating children's comprehension and production of negation, and is working with Michael Frank and Meghan Sumner on his masters thesis project analyzing children's construction and use of social categories to map speakers' intent.

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Laura Soriano
Senior in Human Biology

Laura is majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in human development and physiology. She is working on an honors thesis about the different ways adults and children interact during episodes of joint attention. For her thesis, she is examining the perceptual correlates of joint attention.

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Elise Sugarman
Senior in Symbolic Systems

Elise is a B.S. candidate in Symbolic Systems, concentrating in Philosophical Foundations. With the help of Molly Lewis, she is working on an honors thesis about the associations between word length and a referent's complexity in word learning situations. More generally, Elise is especially interested in the interplay between philosophical theories and empirical sciences.

 

Research Staff

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Ally Kraus
Lab Manager

After a year at Berkeley in Carla Hudson-Kam's lab, Ally is helping to build the Language and Cognition lab in its first years. In her spare time, she is attempting to acquire all skills.

 

Collaborators

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Stephan Meylan
PhD Student (UC Berkeley Psychology)

Stephan graduated with a B.A. in linguistics from Brown in 2010 and then worked as a research assistant in the Language and Cognition lab for two years. He is now at UC Berkeley studying how aspects of natural language structure facilitate domain-general learning, and is co-advised by Mike Frank and Tom Griffiths.


Lab Alumni

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Kaia Simmons (former Human Biology Honors Student)
Currently at MS&E Masters Student at Stanford

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Chigusa Kurumada (former Linguistics PhD Student)
Currently a Postdoc at Rochester with Mike Tanenhaus

baby Marisa  Marisa

Marisa Casillas (former Linguistics PhD student)
Currently a Postdoc at MPI Nijmegen with Stephen Levinson

baby Theresa  Theresa

Theresa Hennings (former RA)
Currently a PhD Student at University of Washington

Alex

Alex Stiller (former Masters Student)
Currently a PhD Student at UCSD

Adrienne

Adrienne Gispen (former RA)
Currently an Interaction Designer at FNC