Dan was an undergrad computer science major at Carnegie Mellon before completing a PhD in Cognitive Psychology at Indiana University and doing a postdoc in Psych Department at Stanford. He is broadly interested in how we learn from the people around us, and especially how children learn language. Dan is excited about understanding communication and learning from a systems perspective.
Ben received his master's in Developmental Psychology at the University of Cambridge working with Claire Hughes. Ben has a B.A. in Psychology from Reed College, where he worked with Jennifer Corpus. He is primarily interested optimal word learning strategies and their connection to early cognitive development.
Claire is a first-year PhD student in the Cognition program. She studied psychology and cognitive science at Williams College. She is interested in language and category acquisition.
Ashley is a first-year PhD student in Psychology at the University of Chicago. She graduated from Middlebury College with a BA in Psychology and English & American Literatures. She is broadly interested in child language acquisition, and she is currently studying how parent-child communication influences language learning.
Jo Denby is a Masters student in the Computational Social Science program. He graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Psychology and Philosophy. Broadly, he is interested in using big data and computational modeling techniques to research linguistic development.
Yawen is a recent graduate from the University of Chicago, Master of Arts Program in Humanities. She is interested in how parent-child interaction can influence early language acquisition. At the Communication and Learning Lab, she works on lexical diversity in CHILDES corpora.
Xiuyuan is a first-year student in the Masters Program of Computational Social Science. She graduated from St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD with a concentration on philosophy, history of mathematics and science, and classics. Xiuyuan is interested in language acquisition, semantic memory, and the the evolution of language.
Maddie is a third year undergraduate at the University of Chicago, majoring in Comparative Human Development and Psychology. At the Communication and Learning Lab, she studies the use of gesture in relation to early childhood language acquisition.
Emmi is a fourth-year undergraduate at the University of Chicago, pursuing a double major in Computer Science and Psychology. She is interested in social-cognitive development and how the processes of cognition, language, and learning interact.