The focus of our research is how meaning is
acquired, represented, and used during language comprehension. Research
in the lab encompasses basic word recognition, categorization, syntactic
processing, and sentence and discourse comprehension. We employ
computational, neuropsychological, developmental, and psycholinguistic
methodologies to pursue these questions.
Most of our research involves the Hyperspace Analogue to Language
(HAL) model of memory that was developed in our lab. Our research
and development along with the LSA group spawned a
new field of statistical models of language and memory and distributional semantics. Our
research with this model has spanned a broad range of cognitive
phenomena. Recent work has turned to the application of the model
to information retrieval in large databases, political analysis,
animal communication, and simulating memory in mental disorders.
The lab has been funded by the National Institute on Aging, National
Science Foundation, the United States Army, and the Digital Media
Innovation Program (DiMI) and includes one graduate and eight undergraduate
students, and Dr. Curt Burgess. Abstracts and reprints of our work
are available from the reprint link. Thank you for your interest!