Ph.D student, Developmental Psychology
I am a Ph.D student in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University where I work with Michael Frank in the Language and Cognition Lab. My research brings together ideas from social learning theories, active learning, and natural vision to better understand how social contexts shape children's language acquisition.
Here are some representative papers:
MacDonald, K., Blonder, A., Marchman V.A., Fernald, A., & Frank, M.C. (2017). An information-seeking account of eye movements during spoken and signed language comprehension. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. [PDF] [code repository]
MacDonald, K., Yurovsky, D., & Frank, M.C. (2017). Social cues modulate the representations underlying cross-situational learning. Cognitive Psychology. 94, 67–84. [PDF] [code repository] [paper site]
MacDonald, K., & Frank, M.C. (2016). When does passive learning improve the effectiveness of active learning? Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. [PDF] [code repository] [paper site]
MacDonald, K., Schug, M., Chase, E. & Barth, H. (2013). My people, right or wrong? Minimal group membership disrupts children’s selective trust in testimony. Cognitive Development, 28, 247-259. [PDF]
I am also passionate about open and reproducible science. All of my experiments, data, and analysis code are openly available on my github page. And I have contributed to several projects designed help myself and other researchers do better science.
cogsci2016: a R-package that allows you to write a fully reproducible submission to the Annual Cognitive Science Society Conference. [R package]
childes-db: a flexible and reproducible interface to the Child Language Data Exchange System (CHILDES). [website]
childesr: a R package interface to the childes-db system. [R package API]