Here are my abstract and poster for CUNY 2018.
Our study evaluated whether listeners can use spatial deixis (e.g., this, that) to predict a speaker’s likely referent. Adults and 5-year-olds viewed scenes while listening to deictic sentences (e.g., Look at that beautiful baby) and neutral sentences (e.g., Look at the beautiful baby). We found that both adults and children used deixis to predict the plurality of the referent, but only adults used deixis to predict the proximity of the referent (e.g., using this to anticipate a referents proximal to the speaker). In sum, our findings reveal specific developmental changes in how prediction occurs during language processing.
Looking forward to next year!
Reuter, T., Emberson, L. L., Romberg, A. R., & Lew-Williams, C. (in press). Individual differences in nonverbal prediction and vocabulary size in infancy. Cognition.
Big thanks to my co-authors, Fernanda Fernandez and Jean Bellamy, and all our participant families!
Statement from President Christopher L. Eisgruber (12/4/17):
We share the concerns expressed by our graduate students regarding the provision in H.R.1 that would subject tuition waivers to taxation. This provision is not in the bill that passed the Senate, but if it were enacted into law, it would impose a tax that graduate students cannot afford to pay and would severely harm graduate education throughout the United States.
Preserving the tuition remission exemption is a top priority for Princeton. We have been and will continue to work vigorously and in concert with other universities and educational associations to achieve that goal.
If the tax were to be enacted, we would take steps to ensure the well-being of Princeton’s graduate students and to minimize the damage to graduate education at Princeton. Our graduate students are important to us, and we will support them so that they can pursue their studies, careers, and aspirations successfully. There can be no doubt, however, that this ill-conceived and counter-productive tax would not only impose significant costs on graduate programs here and elsewhere, but also do serious damage to the scope and quality of graduate education in our nation.
The Princeton Program in Cognitive Science is now funding my research on language processing and prediction via simulation. Thanks to everyone who helped me in formulating these ideas and writing the application, especially Casey Lew-Williams and Jessie Schwab!
Today I was surprised with an invitation to present at the UPenn Common Ground Seminar in Language and Communication Sciences.
Reuter, T., Feiman, R. & Snedeker, J. (in press). Getting to no: Pragmatic and semantic factors in two- and three-year-olds’ understanding of negation. Child Development.
Recently I told my advisor that I was feeling anxious about generals.
Here’s what he had to say about that:
You can count on me, Lauren, and Adele to be supportive and consistent and productive, both at your generals and in general. You’re doing a fantastic job in grad school, evidenced by efficiency in getting data collected, working on many drafts of a challenging empirical paper, getting the GRFP, and etc etc. These are the kinds of factors that add up to a committee being in your corner. Feeling anxious is natural and motivating and horrible, so let it flow in a healthy way, and you know you can work through it. Might we request more work or different work or further reading? Of course. But it’s nothing you can’t handle. Might we steer you toward or away from certain ideas? Of course. Who cares. It’s my job (and Lauren’s job, and Adele’s job) to be helpful and support your career, and you’ll see that at every turn during your generals. And who knows, we might just say “Uhh. Great job. Keep it up.”
It’s times like this that I’m extra thankful to be here.