Dr. Michael Ramscar
Publications

  

  

2016-Present

  

Journal articles

  

Michael Ramscar, Ching-Chu Sun, Peter Hendrix & R. Harald Baayent (2017) The Mismeasurement of Mind: Life-Span Changes in Paired-Associate-Learning Scores Reflect the “Cost” of Learning, Not Cognitive Decline. Psychological Science DOI: 10.1177/0956797617706393

Petar Milin, Laurie Beth Feldman, Michael Ramscar, Peter Hendrix, and R. Harald Baayen (2017) Discrimination in lexical decision. PLoS One 12, no. 2 : e0171935.

  

Michael Ramscar and Robert Port (2016) How spoken languages work in the absence of an inventory of discrete units. Language Sciences 53, 58-74..

  

Michael Ramscar (2016) Learning and the replicability of priming effects. Current Opinion in Psychology, 12, 80-84.

  

R. Harald Baayen, Petar Milin and Michael Ramscar (2016) Frequency in lexical processing. Aphasiology 30(11), 1174-1220.

  

Chris Westbury, Cyrus Shaoul, Gail Moroschan, and Michael Ramscar (2016) Telling the world's least funny jokes: On the quantification of humor as entropy. Journal of Memory and Language, 86, 141-156.

  

Nathaniel J. Blanco, Bradley C. Love, Michael Ramscar, A. Ross Otto, Kirstin Smayda, and W. Todd Maddox (2016). Exploratory decision-making as a function of lifelong experience, not cognitive decline. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. 145(3), 284.

  


Book chapters

  

R. Harald Baayen, Fabian Tomaschek, Susanne Gahl, and Michael Ramscar (in press). The Ecclesiastes principle in language change. In M. Hundt, S. Mollin & S. Pfenninger (Eds.), The Changing English Language: Psycholinguistic Perspectives. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

  

James Blevins., Petar Milin & Michael Ramscar. (2017). The Zipfian Paradigm Cell Filling Problem’. In F. Kiefer, J.P. Blevins, & H. Bartos (Eds.) Perspectives on Morphological Organization: Data and Analyses. Brill: Leiden

  

Melody Dye, Petar Milin, Richard Futrell and Michael Ramscar (2017). A functional theory of gender paradigms. In F. Kiefer, J.P. Blevins, & H. Bartos (Eds.) Perspectives on Morphological Organization: Data and Analyses. Brill: Leiden.

  

Peer reviewed articles in conference proceedings

  

Melody Dye, Michael Jones., Daniel Yarlett,, & Michael Ramscar (2017). Refining the distributional hypothesis: A role for time and context in semantic representation. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, London, UK.

  

Melody Dye, Petar Milin, Richard Futrell., & Michael Ramscar (2017). Cute little puppies and nice cold;beers: An information theoretic analysis of prenominal adjectives;Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, London, UK.

  

Melody Dye, Michael, Ramscar, M., & Michael Jones,. (2017).. Representing the richness of linguistic structure in models of episodic memory. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, London, UK.

  

Michael Ramscar, Ching-Chu Sun, Peter Hendrix & R. Harald Baayen, (2016). The mismeasurement of mind: How neuropsychological testing creates a false picture of cognitive aging. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Philadelphia, PA.

  

Melody Dye, Brendan Johns, Michael N Jones & Michael Ramscar (2016). The structure of names in memory: Deviations from uniform entropy impair memory for linguistic sequences. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Philadelphia, PA.

  

  

2014-‘15

  

Journal articles

  

R. Harald Baayen, Cyrus Shaoul, Jon Willits, and Michael Ramscar (2015) Comprehension without segmentation: A proof of concept with naive discrimination learning. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience 31(1), 106-128..

  

Michael Ramscar, Peter Hendrix, Cyrus Shaoul, Petar Milin, and R. Harald Baayen (2014) The myth of cognitive decline: Non-linear dynamics of lifelong learning. Topics in Cognitive Science, 6, 5-42.

  

Michael Ramscar and R. Harald Baayen (2014) Why our brains work better with age. New Scientist, 2961, 28-29.

  

  

  

Book chapters

  

Michael Ramscar and Robert Port (2015). Categorization (without categories). In E. Dawbroska & D. Divjak (Eds.), Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics. De Gruyter Mouton.

  

R. Harald Baayen and Michael Ramscar (2015). Abstraction, storage, and naive discriminative learning. In Dabrowska, E. and Divjak, D (eds.), Handbook of Cognitive Linguistics, 99-120. De Gruyter Mouton.

  

Michael Ramscar, Melody Dye, Jim Blevins, and R. Harald Baayen (2015). Morphological development. In A. Bar On & D. Ravit (Eds.) Handbook of Communication Disorders. De Gruyter Mouton.

  

Michael Ramscar and R. Harald Baayen (2015). Learning and cognitive maturation. In S. Krauss Whitbourne (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging. Wiley-Blackwell.

  

  

Peer reviewed articles in conference proceedings

  

Jim Blevins, Petar Milin, and Michael Ramscar (2015). Zipfian discrimination. In Vito Pirrelli, Claudia Marzi, Marcello Ferro (eds.): Word Structure and Word Usage. Proceedings of the NetWordS Final Conference, Pisa: 29–31.

  

  

  

  

2012-‘13

  

Journal articles

  

Michael Ramcar, Peter Hendrix, Bradley Love, and R. Harald Baayen (2013). Learning is not decline: The mental lexicon as a window into cognition across the lifespan. The Mental Lexicon, 8(3), 450-481.

  

Michael Ramscar, Melody Dye, and Stewart McCauley (2013) Error and expectation in language learning: The curious absence of ‘mouses’ in adult speech. Language, 89(4), 760-793.

  

Michael Ramscar, Melody Dye, and Joseph Klein (2013) Children value informativity over logic in word learning. Psychological Science, 24(6), 1017-1023.

  

Michael Ramscar, Melody Dye, Jessica Whitten Gustafson, and Joseph Klein (2013) Dual routes to cognitive flexibility: Learning and response conflict resolution in the dimensional change card sort task. Child Development, 84(4), 1308-23.

  

Michael Ramscar and R. Harald Baayen (2013) Production, comprehension and synthesis: A communicative perspective on language. Frontiers in Language Sciences. 4:233. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00233

  

R. Harald Baayen, Peter Hendrix, and Michael Ramscar (2013) Sidestepping the combinatorial explosion: Towards a processing model based on discriminative learning. Language and Speech, 56(3), 329-347.

  

Michael Ramscar (2013) Suffixing, prefixing, and the functional order of regularities in meaningful strings. Psihologija, 46(4), 377-396.

  

Michael Ramscar, Melody Dye, and Malte Hubner (2013) When the fly flied and when the fly flew: How semantics can make sense of inflection. Language and Cognitive Processes, 28(4), 468-97.

  

Inbal Arnon and Michael Ramscar (2012) Granularity and the acquisition of grammatical gender: How order of acquisition affects what gets learned. Cognition, 122(3), 292-305. >

  

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Peer reviewed articles in conference proceedings

  

Michael Ramscar, Asha Halima Smith, Melody Dye, Richard Futrell, Peter Hendrix, R. Harald Baayen, and Rebecca Starr (2013) The ‘universal’ structure of name grammars and the impact of social engineering on the evolution of natural information systems. Proceedings of the 35th Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin, Germany.

  

Michael Ramscar, Peter Hendrix, and R. Harald Baayen (2013) The myth of cognitive decline. Proceedings of the 35th Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Berlin, Germany.

  

  

  

2010-‘11

  

Journal articles

  

Michael Ramscar and Melody Dye (2011) Learning language from the input: Why innate constraints can’t explain noun compounding. Cognitive Psychology, 62(1), 1-40.

  

Michael Ramscar, Melody Dye, Hanna Popick and Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (2011) The enigma of number: Why children find the meanings of even small number words hard to learn and how we can help them do better. PLoS ONE 6(7): e22501. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022501

  

Teenie Matlock, Kevin J. Holmes, Mahesh Srinivasan and Michael Ramscar (2011). Even abstract motion influences the understanding of time. Metaphor and Symbol, 26(4), 260-271.

  

Michael Ramscar, Daniel Yarlett, Melody Dye, Katie Denny and Kirsten Thorpe (2010) The Effects of Feature-Label-Order and their implications for symbolic learning. Cognitive Science, 34(6), 909-957.

  

Michael Ramscar (2010) Computing machinery and understanding. Cognitive Science, 34(6), 966-971.

  

Michael Ramscar, Teenie Matlock and Melody Dye (2010) Running down the clock: The role of expectation in our understanding of time and motion. Language and Cognitive Processes, 25(5), 589-615.

  

  

Book chapters

  

Michael Ramscar, Lera Boroditsky and Teenie Matlock (2010) Time, motion, and meaning: The experiential basis of abstract thought. In Kelly S. Mix, Linda B. Smith, and Michael Gasser (eds.), The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 67-82.

  

  

Peer reviewed articles in conference proceedings

  

Michael Ramscar, Melody Dye, Hanna Popick and Fiona O'Donnell-McCarthy (2011) How children learn to value numbers: Information structure & the acquisition of numerical understanding. Proceedings of the 33rd Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

  

      [*Winner of the 2011 CaSL Prize sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences*]

  

Michael Ramscar, Edward Suh and Melody Dye (2011) How pitch category learning comes at a cost to absolute frequency representations. Proceedings of the 33rd Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

  

Michael Ramscar, Melody Dye, Joseph Klein, Linda Ruiz, Nicole Aguirre and Lily Sadaat (2011) Informativity versus logic: Children and adults take different approaches to word learning. Proceedings of the 33rd Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

  

Hanna Popick, Melody Dye, Natasha Kirkham and Michael Ramscar (2011) Investigating how infants learn to search in the A-not-B task. Proceedings of the 33rd Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

  

Adam November and Michael Ramscar (2011) Breaking the world into symbols. Proceedings of the 33rd Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

  

Revanth Kosaraju, Melody Dye and Michael Ramscar (2010) Of frames and frequencies: How early language production is influenced by the distribution. Proceedings of the 36th Meeting of the Society for Philosophy & Psychology, Portland, OR.

  

Justine Kao, Robert Ryan, Melody Dye and Michael Ramscar (2010) An acquired taste: How reading literature affects sensitivity to word distributions when judging literary texts. Proceedings of the 32nd Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Portland, OR.

  

  

  

2008-'9

  

Journal articles

  

Sharon Thompson-Schill, Michael Ramscar and Evangeliou Chrysikou (2009) Cognition without control: When a little frontal lobe goes a long way. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 8(5), 259-263.

  

Michelle St. Clair, Padraic Monaghan and Michael Ramscar (2009) Relationships between language structure and language learning: the suffixing preference and grammatical categorization. Cognitive Science, 33(7), 1317-1329.

  

  

Journal abstracts

  

Nicolas Davidenko, David Remus, Michael Ramscar and Kalanit Grill-Spector (2008). Stronger face selective responses to typical versus distinctive faces when stimulus variability is controlled. Journal of Vision, 8(6), 531.

  

  

Peer reviewed articles in conference proceedings

  

Michael Ramscar and Melody Dye (2009) No representation without taxation: The costs and benefits of learning to conceptualize the environment. Proceedings of the 2nd International Analogy Conference, Sophia, Bulgaria.

  

Michael Ramscar and Melody Dye (2009) Error and expectation in language learning: An inquiry into the many curious incidences of “mouses” in adult speech. Proceedings of the 31st Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam, NE.

  

Inbal Arnon and Michael Ramscar (2009) Granularity and the acquisition of grammatical gender: How order of acquisition affects what gets learned. Proceedings of the 31st Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam, NE.

  

Michael Ramscar, Daniel Yarlett, Melody Dye and Nal Kalchbrenner (2009) The Feature-Label-Order Effect in Symbolic Learning. Proceedings of the 31st Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam, NE.

  

Michael Ramscar, Melody Dye, Jessica Whitten and Joseph Klein (2009) Two routes to cognitive flexibility: Learning and response conflict resolution in the dimensional change card sort task. Proceedings of the 31st Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam, NE.

  

  

  

2006-'7

  

Journal articles

  

Michael Ramscar and Daniel Yarlett (2007) Linguistic self-correction in the absence of feedback: A new approach to the logical problem of language acquisition. Cognitive Science, 31, 927-960.

  

Michael Ramscar and Nicole Gitcho (2007) Developmental change and the nature of learning in childhood. Trends In Cognitive Science, 11(7), 274-279.

  

Nicolas Davidenko (2007) Silhouetted Face Profiles: A New Methodology for Face Perception Research. Journal of Vision, 7(4), 1-17.

  

Tracy Packiam Alloway, Martin Corley and Michael Ramscar (2006). Seeing ahead: experience and language in spatial perspective. Memory and Cognition, 34, 380-386.

  

Daniel Yarlett and Michael Ramscar (unpublished) Language learning through similarity-based generalization.

  

  

Peer reviewed articles in conference proceedings

  

Michael Ramscar, Kirsten Thorpe and Katie Denny (2007) Surprise in the learning of color words. Proceedings of the 29th Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Nashville, TN.

  

Colin Bannard and Michael Ramscar (2007) Reading time evidence for storage of frequent multiword sequences. Proceedings of Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing 2007, Turku, Finland.

  

Asha Halima Smith and Michael Ramscar (2007) First language translations in new language learning. Proceedings of the Second European Cognitive Science Conference, Delphi, Greece.

  

  

  

2003-'5

  

Journal articles

  

Teenie Matlock, Michael Ramscar and Lera Boroditsky (2005) The experiential link between spatial and temporal language. Cognitive Science, 29, 655-664.

  

Michael Ramscar and Daniel Yarlett (2003) Semantic grounding in models of analogy: an environmental approach. Cognitive Science, 27, 41-71. Journal abstracts Nicolas Davidenko and Michael Ramscar (2005). The distinctiveness effect reconsidered: Poorer recognition of distinctive face silhouettes. Journal of Vision, 5(8), 981.

  

  

Commentary

  

Michael Ramscar (2003) The past-tense debate: exocentric form versus the evidence. Trends in Cognitive Science, 7(3), 107-8.

  

Daniel Yarlett and Michael Ramscar (2003) Overfurnishing the mind. Review of Jesse J. Prinz, Furnishing the Mind: Concepts and their Perceptual Basis. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002. Metascience, 12, 285-291.

  

  

Book chapters

  

Teenie Matlock, Michael Ramscar and Lera Boroditsky (2004) The experiential basis of motion language. In A. Soares da Silva, A. Torres, & M. Goncalves (Eds.) Linguagem, cultura e cognicao: Estudo de linguistica cognitiva, Vol 2, 43-57. Coimbra: Almedina.

  

  

Peer reviewed articles in conference proceedings

  

Nicolas Davidenko and Michael Ramscar (2005) Distinctiveness effects in face memory vanish with well-controlled distractors. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Mahwah, NJ.

  

Nicolas Davidenko and Michael Ramscar (2003) Age and gender: Similarly cued from silhouetted face profiles. Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

  

Daniel Yarlett and Michael Ramscar (2003) Belief revision in causal induction. Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

  

Teenie Matlock, Michael Ramscar and Lera Boroditsky (2003) The experiential basis of meaning. Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

  

Michael Ramscar, Ivan Pearson and Shamuna Ali (2003) Why children sometimes say mice-eater. Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

  

Michael C. Frank and Michael Ramscar (2003) How do presentation and context influence representation for functional fixedness tasks? Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.

  

  

  

2000-'2

  

Journal articles

  

Michael Ramscar (2002) The role of meaning in inflection: Why the past tense does not require a rule. Cognitive Psychology, 45(2), 45-94.

  

Lera Boroditsky and Michael Ramscar (2002) The roles of body and mind in abstract thought. Psychological Science, 13(2), 185-188.

  

Daniel Yarlett and Michael Ramscar (2002) A quantitative model of counterfactual reasoning. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 14, MIT Press.

  

  

Edited Book Ulrike Hahn and Michael Ramscar (2001) Similarity and Categorization. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [Read a Review]

  

  

Book chapters

  

Ulrike Hahn and Michael Ramscar (2001) Mere similarity? In U. Hahn & M.J.A. Ramscar, (eds.) Similarity and Categorization. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  

  

Commentary

  

Lera Boroditsky and Michael Ramscar (2001). ”First, we assume a spherical cow…” A commentary on Tenenbaum & Griffiths, Generalization, Similarity, & Bayesian Inference. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 24(4), 656-7.

  

  

Peer reviewed articles in conference proceedings

  

Daniel Yarlett and Michael Ramscar (2002). Uncertainty in causal and counterfactual inference. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Fairfax, VA.

  

Tracy Packiam Alloway, Michael Ramscar and Martin Corley (2002) The role of thought and experience in the understanding of spatio-temporal metaphors. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Fairfax, VA.

  

Lera Boroditsky, Wendy Ham and Michael Ramscar (2002) What is universal in event perception? Comparing English & Indonesian speakers. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Fairfax, VA.

  

Michael Ramscar (2002) When the fly flied and when the fly flew: The effects of semantics on past tense inflection. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Fairfax, VA.

  

Scott MacDonald and Michael Ramscar (2001) Testing the Distributional Hypothesis: The Influence of Context on Judgements of Semantic Similarity. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Edinburgh.

  

Daniel Yarlett and Michael Ramscar (2001). Structural Determinants of Counterfactual Reasoning. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Edinburgh.

  

Louise Connell and Michael Ramscar (2001) Using Distributional Measures to Model Typicality in Categorization. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Edinburgh.

  

Louise Connell and Michael Ramscar (2001). Modeling canonical and contextual typicality using distributional measures. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Cognitive Science, Beijing, China.

  

Dermott Lynott and Michael Ramscar (2001) Can we model conceptual combination using distributional information? Proceedings of the Twelfth Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, NUI, Maynooth.

  

Michael Ramscar (2001). The influence of semantics on past-tense inflection. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Edinburgh.

  

Lera Boroditsky, Michael Ramscar and Michael C. Frank (2001) The roles of body and mind in abstract thought. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Edinburgh.

  

Michael Ramscar and Daniel Yarlett (2000) The use of a high-dimensional, “environmental” context space to model retrieval in analogy and similarity-based transfer. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Pennsylvania.

  

Daniel Yarlett and Michael Ramscar (2000) Structure-Mapping Theory and Lexico-Semantic Information. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Pennsylvania.

  

Alex Heneveld, Alan Bundy, Michael Ramscar and Julian Richardson (2000) Memory-Based Problem Solving and Schema Induction in Go. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Pennsylvania.

  

Michael Ramscar (2000) Evidence for the processing of re-representations during the mapping of externally represented analogies. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Pennsylvania.

  

  

  

Prior to 2000

  

Journal articles

  

Michael Ramscar, John Lee and Helen Pain (1996) A classification-based methodology for the integration of agent views within design systems. Design Studies, 17, 465-483.

  

  

Edited proceedings

  

Michael Ramscar, Ulrike Hahn, Helen Pain and Emilios Cambouropoulos (Eds.) (1997). Proceedings of the International Workshop on Similarity and Categorization. Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh.

  

  

Book chapters

  

Michael Ramscar and Richard White (1993) A Goal Driven Approach to Knowledge Extraction for Architectural Design Systems. In H. Kangassola (ed), Information Modeling and Knowledge Bases IV: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications. Amsterdam: ISO Press. 196-206.

  

  

Commentary

  

Michael Ramscar, John Lee and Helen Pain (1998) Reply to Per Galle’s: ‘Product modelling: 20 years of stalemate?’ Design Studies, 19, 241-244.

  

  

Peer reviewed articles in conference proceedings

  

Tracy Packiam Alloway, Michael Ramscar and Martin Corley (1999) Verbal and embodied priming in schema mapping tasks. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Vancouver, British Columbia.

  

Michael Ramscar and Ulrike Hahn (1998) What family resemblances are not: The continuing relevance of Wittgenstein to the study of concepts and categories. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Wisconsin – Madison.

  

Michael Ramscar and Ulrike Hahn (1998) Wittgenstein and the ontological status of analogy. In Holyoak, K, Gentner, D and Kokinov, B (eds.) Advances in Analogy Research. Sofia, Bulgaria: New Bulgarian University Press.

  

Sarah Darrington, Toby Lingstadt and Michael Ramscar (1998) Analogy as a sub-process of categorisation. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Wisconsin – Madison.

  

Rafael Morales Bueno, Helen Pain and Michael Ramscar (1998) Modeling the Cognitive Effects of Participative Learning Modeling. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems, London, UK.

  

Michael Ramscar, Helen Pain, Sarah Darrington and John Lee (1998) Examples and generalisations: Using surface versus structural recall biases to probe conceptual storage. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Wisconsin – Madison.

  

Michael Ramscar, Helen Pain and Richard Cooper (1997) Is there a place for semantic similarity in the analogical mapping process? Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Stanford University.

  

Michael Ramscar (1997) Wittgenstein and the representation of psychological categories. Similarity and categorisation: SimCat 97, Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh.

  

Michael Ramscar and Helen Pain (1996) Can a real distinction be made between cognitive theories of analogy and categorisation? Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of California, San Diego.

  

Michael Ramscar, Helen Pain and John Lee (1996) Do we know what the user knows, and does it matter? The epistemics of user modelling. Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference, UM97, Vienna, New York.