Associate 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. Read my current research statement.
Kurumada, C., Meylan, S., & Frank, M. C. (2013). Zipfian frequency distributions facilitate word segmentation in context. Cognition, 127, 439-453.
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.
Frank, M. C., & Barner, D. (2011). Representing exact number visually using mental abacus. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 134-149.
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.