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.
Our experiment was a first attempt to test a direct, causal relation between prediction and learning. We find that prediction itself doesn’t explain how children learn novel words, but 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds who predict and redirect attention toward the novel referent were more successful in learning. That being said, learning 12 novel words in just a few minutes was clearly difficult for children, as indicated by their low accuracy at test. In sum, further experiments are needed to evaluate the role of prediction in learning, and to clarify what other factors (e.g., cognitive control) are involved during learning.
It was a great time, as always, despite the snow!
Looking forward to CUNY 2018!
I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve received an NSF graduate fellowship.
If you’d like, you can read my research statement here.
So many people helped me with this – my advisors, my labmates, and the other students in my writing workshop – and I owe them a huge debt of gratitude. Their support and critical feedback really made the difference between “very good” and “excellent” for reviews.
Here is my research statement for my 2016 NSF graduate fellowship proposal.
Hopefully 2nd time’s the charm!