Justine T. Kao
Ph.D. student, Cognitive Psychology
Email: justinek at stanford dot edu Office: 420-346 (Jordan Hall) CV
I am a Ph.D. student in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. I work in Professor Noah Goodman's Computation and Cognition Lab. I am interested in how people understand non-literal and often delightfully creative language. In particular, I use behavioral experiments and computational models to examine how rich meanings can be inferred from sparse and often ambiguous linguistic input.
Kao, J.T., Wu, J.Y., Bergen, L. & Goodman, N.D. (under review). Nonliteral Understanding of Number Words.
Kao, J.T., Bergen, L. & Goodman, N.D. (2014). Formalizing the Pragmatics of Metaphor Understanding. Proceedings of the 36th annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf].
Kao, J.T., Levy, R. & Goodman, N.D. (2013). The Funny Thing About Incongruity: A Computational Model of Humor in Puns. Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf].
Kao, J.T. & Jurafsky, D. (2012). A computational analysis of style, affect, and imagery in contemporary poetry. NAACL Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Literature. [pdf].
Ramscar, M., Kao, J.T., Dye, M., & Ryan, R. (under review) Princesses, peas and probabilities: readers' sensitivity to the "surface" statistics of literary and non-literary English.
Kao, J.T. (2011). A Computational Analysis of Poetic Craft in Contemporary Professional and Amateur Poetry. Undergraduate Honors thesis. [Advisor: Dan Jurafsky]. [Robert M. Golden medal for excellence in the humanities and creative arts]. [pdf].
Kao, J.T., Zweig, G. & Nguyen, P. (2011). Discriminative Duration Modeling for Speech Recognition with Segmental Conditional Random Fields. Proceedings of the 36th International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing. [pdf].
Zweig, G., Nguyen, P., Van Compernolle, D., Demuynck, K., Atlas, L., Clark, P., Sell, T., Wang, M., Sha, F., Hermansky, H., Karakos, D., Jansen, A., Thomas, S., G.S.V.S., S., Bowman, S., Kao, J.T. (2011). Speech Recognition with Segmental Conditional Random Fields: A Summary of the JHU CLSP 2010 Summer Workshop. Proceedings of the 36th International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing. [pdf].
Kao, J.T., Ryan, R., Dye, M. & Ramscar, M. (2010). An acquired taste: How reading literature affects sensitivity to word distributions when judging literary texts. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. [pdf].