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Los Angeles, CA 90095

I am a Postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Communications at the University of California, Los Angeles where I work with Anne S. Warlaumont in the Emergence of Communication Lab. I completed my PhD at Stanford University, working with Michael Frank in the Language and Cognition Lab and Anne Fernald and Virginia Marchman in the Language Learning Lab.

My research aims to understand what makes children such powerful learners. The guiding hypothesis is that children are quite flexible, adapting their active information seeking to take advantage of rich input within social learning environments. To understand how active and social learning come together, I use a combination of approaches including eye-tracking, web-based experiments, computational models, and analyses of large-scale, naturalistic datasets.

Representative publications:

  • MacDonald, K., Marchman V.A., Fernald, A., & Frank, M.C. (under review). Children flexibly seek visual information during signed and spoken language comprehension. [Preprint PDF] [code repository]

  • MacDonald, K. LaMarr, T., Corina, D., Marchman V.A., & Fernald, A. (2018). Real-time lexical comprehension in young children learning American Sign Language. Developmental Science [PDF] [Preprint PDF] [paper site] [code repository]

  • MacDonald, K., Yurovsky, D., & Frank, M.C. (2017). Social cues modulate the representations underlying cross-situational learning. Cognitive Psychology. 94, 67–84. [Preprint 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]