Michael C. Frank
Curriculum Vitae [PDF]
Research Interests [PDF]
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 am interested in bringing larger datasets to bear on these questions and use a wide variety of methods including eye-tracking, tablet experiments, and computational models. Recent work in my lab has focused on data-oriented approaches to development, including the creation of large datasets like Wordbank and MetaLab. I also have a strong interest in replication, reproducibility, and open science; some of our research addresses these topics. Here is a formal, third-person bio.
PDFs and code, data, and materials for all my papers are available at my lab's website. You can also browse on my Google Scholar profile.
- Frank, M. C., Braginsky, M., Yurovsky, D., and Marchman, V. A. (2021). Variability and Consistency in Early Language Learning: The Wordbank Project. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
- ManyBabies Consortium (2020). Quantifying sources of variability in infancy research using the infant-directed speech preference. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 3, 24-52.
- Bohn, M. and Frank, M. C. (2020). The pervasive role of pragmatics in early language. Annual Review of Developmental Psychology, 1, 223-249.
- Frank, M. C. and Goodman, N. D. (2014). Inferring word meanings by assuming that speakers are informative. Cognitive Psychology, 75, 80-96.
- Human Biology 3B - Winter 18-19, Spring 19-20, Spring 20-21
- Psych 60 - Intro to Developmental Psych - Spring 10-11, Fall 11-12,
Fall 12-13, Spring 13-14, Fall 14-15, Fall 15-16, Fall 16-17
- Psych 251 - Experimental Methods
- Fall 17-18, Fall 18-19, Fall 19-20, Fall 20-21
- Psych 254 - Lab in Experimental Methods - Winter
12-13, Winter 14-15, Winter 15-16
- Other: Eye-tracking workshop (CSLI 2013), Experimental Pragmatics (ESSLLI 2014)