About LouAnn Gerken
I am interested in how infants and young children learn and how general learning mechanisms, such as hypothesis generation and selection, can be used in service of learning language.
Human learning and categorization, language development
Many of these recent represenative publications can be accessed in pdf form on my website.
Gerken, L.A. (2009). Language Development. San Diego: Plural Publishing.
Balcomb, F. K., & Gerken, L. A. (2008). Three-year-old children can access their own memory to guide responses on a visual matching task. Developmental Science, 11, 750-760.
Gerken, L. A., & Bollt, A. (2008). Three exemplars allow at least some linguistic generalizations: Implications for generalization mechanisms and constraints. Language Learning and Development, 4(3), 228-248.
Dawson, C., & Gerken, L. A. (2009). Language and music become distinct domains through experience. Cognition, 111(3), 378-382.
Richtsmeier, P. T., Gerken, L. A., Goffman, L., & Hogan, T. (2009). Statistical frequency in perception affects children’s lexical production. Cognition, 111(3), 372-377.
Gerken (2010). Infants use rational decision criteria for choosing among models of their input. Cognition, 115(2), 362-366.
Dawson, C., & Gerken, L. A. (2011). When global structure "explains away" evidence for local grammar: A Bayesian account of rule induction in tone sequences. Cognition.
Gerken, L. A., Balcomb, F. K., & Minton, J. (2011). Infants avoid "laboring in vain" by attending more to learnable than unlearnable linguistic patterns. Developmental Science.
Ph.D. Columbia University 1987
LING/PSY/SPH 341 LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT
LING/PSY 533 THEORIES OF LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT