Recent works by topic (2016-)

Language Production

Montag, J. L., Matsuki, K., Kim, J. & MacDonald, M. C. (2017). The effects of word order on sentence structure choice in language production: A multi-clause and multi-language investigation. Collabra: Psychology, 3, 20.

MacDonald, M. C., Montag, J. L., & Gennari, S. P. (2016). Are there really syntactic complexity effects in sentence production?: A reply to Scontras et al. Cognitive Science, 40, 513-518.

Language Acquisition

Montag, J. L., Jones, M. N., & Smith, L. B. (2018). Quantity and diversity: Simulations of early word learning environments. Cognitive Science, 42, 375-412.

Computational Modeling

Huebner, P., & Willits, J. (2018). Structured semantic knowledge can emerge automatically from predicting word sequences in child-directed speech. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 133.

Huebner, P. A., & Willits, J. A. (2018). Order matters: Distributional properties of speech to young children bootstraps learning of semantic representations.

Baayen, R. H., Shaoul, C., Willits, J. A. and Ramscar, M. (2017). Comprehension without segmentation: A proof of concept with naive discrimination learning. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 31(1), 106-128..

Willits, J. A., Jones, M. N., David, L. (2016). Learning that numbers are the same, while learning that they are different. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (pp. 1799-1805). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Soceity.

Asr, F. T., Willits, J.A., Jones, M. N. (2016). Comparing predictive and co-occurrence based models of lexical semantics trained on child-directed speech. The 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (pp. 1092-1097). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Soceity.


Minor, K. S., Willits, J. A., Marggraf, M. P., Jones, M. N. (2018) Measuring disorganized speech in schizophrenia: automated analysis explains variance in cognitive deficits beyond clinician-rated scales. Psychological Medicine, 1-9.

Willits, J. A., Rubin, T., Jones, M.N., Minor, K. S., & Lysaker, P. H. (2018). Evidence of disturbances of deep levels of semantic cohesion within personal narratives in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 197, 365-369.