I'm a postdoc in Psychology at Stanford University, working with Michael Frank in the Language and Cognition Lab. Before that, I was a graduate student in the Computational Psycholinguistics Lab at UC San Diego under Roger Levy.
I'm a computational psycholinguist, so I focus on building models of how people acquire, use, and represent language, in order to better understand how language fits into the general patterns of human cognition. I primarily use generative Bayesian models in my research, looking at a mix of big and small data sources.
One of my major research interests is in psycholinguistic applications of social media, using big data sources to generate ad hoc corpora to investigate conversational pragmatics and sociolinguistics. My other major interest is in probabilistic models of language acquisition, especially modeling how humans learn in "hard" settings, such as learning with only positive examples or combining multiple partially informative information sources.
I also work in experimental psycholinguistics, using eye-tracking and self-paced reading to examine mental processes during language processing, and corpus linguistics. I apply some of the same core ideas to various problems in artificial intelligence and natural language processing. For more specific information, check out my research page.
I also run Motivated Grammar, a grammar blog that corrects misinformed grammatical pedantry and looks into why we say what we say, and how that varies. It's been mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, and on CBC Radio. And here's a picture of me.
Contacting me: If you are trying to contact me for academic matters, please send your message to gdoyle at stanford or see me in person at 200 Jordan (Building 420). If you are trying to contact me for matters related to Motivated Grammar, please use the address motivatedgrammar at gmail com instead.