I am a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As an undergraduate, I studied with Michael Ullman at Georgetown University. I did my graduate work with Jesse Snedeker at Harvard University. My post-doctoral advisor is Joshua Tenenbaum.
Language can be used to move thoughts between minds, even those separated by considerable distance or time. The speaker takes a thought, packages it up into a series of sounds (or gestures), from which the listener must recover the original thought. I aim to understand how (and under what circumstances) listeners successfully recover that thought, and also how children come to master the process. I have work primarily on three case studies: scalar implicature (The inference that 'Some of the students passed the exam' means that not all did), pronoun interpretation (who does 'she' refer to in 'Sally liked Mary because she is nice'?), and verb argument structure (who did what to whom). I use a variety of experimental techniques, including eye-tracking, EEG, and large-scale Web-based testing, and complement experimental work with computational models.
Through the links above, you can access my academic publications, my general-audience writing, my CV, and my Web-based laboratory.