Assistant Professor of Psychology
How do we learn to communicate using language? I study children's language learning and how it interacts with their developing understanding of the social world. I use behavioral experiments, computational tools, and novel measurement methods like large-scale web-based studies, eye-tracking, and head-mounted cameras.
(Exhaustive list of publications available through the Language and Cognition Lab.)
Frank, M. C. & Goodman, N. D. (2012). Predicting pragmatic reasoning in language games. Science, 336, 998.
Frank, M. C., Vul, E., & Saxe, R. (2012). Measuring the development of social attention using free-viewing. Infancy, 17, 355-375.
Shafto, P., Goodman, N., & Frank, M. C. (2012). Learning from others: The consequences of psychological reasoning for human learning. Perspectives in Psychological Science, 7, 341-351.
Frank, M. C., Goldwater, S., Griffiths, T., & Tenenbaum, J. B. (2010). Modeling human performance in statistical word segmentation. Cognition, 117, 107-125.
Frank, M. C., Goodman, N. D., & Tenenbaum, J. B. (2009). Using speakers’ referential intentions to model early cross-situational word learning. Psychological Science, 20, 579-585.