Dr Micah Goldwater

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Dr. Goldwater received his BA in Linguistics from the University of Rochester in 2003, completed his PhD at the University of Texas at Austin in 2009, and then held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University until joining the University of Sydney in 2013.

Research interests

Dr. Goldwater's research investigates the nature, acquisition, and use of knowledge. This work focuses on how children and adults can look past the superficial to recognize when disparate situations, problems, or ideas share deep structural commonalities. He examines both basic mechanisms of cognition and development, and develops applications to improve education. To achieve these broad research goals, Dr. Goldwater investigates a number of interrelated topics, including:

-How knowledge changes with learning and development

-Differences between how experts and novices think.

-The interplay of knowledge and executive function in fostering learning, reasoning, and decision-making.

-Improving students' ability to transfer what they have learned to novel contexts.

-How concepts are represented, and how the meanings of words are understood.

-The reciprocity between how children direct their own learning, and how they learn from others.

-How children acquire their first language.

Selected grants

2015

  • Solving the inert knowledge problem.; Goldwater M, Jacobson M, Livesey E; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).
  • How Stress hurts Cognition and How to Deal With It.; Goldwater M, Otto R, Gershman S; DVC International/IPDF Grant.

2014

  • Goldwater: Development Lab - Non HERDC; Goldwater M; University of Sydney/Internal Research Grant Allocations.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Davis, T., Goldwater, M., Gaylord, N., Worthy, D., Otto, R., Glass, B. (2013). The Cognitive Psychology of Human-Bat-Interactions: Implications for Ecological Policy and Zoonotic Disease Transmission. In Gwynne A. Geyer (Eds.), Bats: Phylogeny and Evolutionary Insights, Conservation Strategies and Role in Disease Transmission, (pp. 39-56). Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Goldwater, M., Runner, J. (2011). On the Representational Nature of Representational Noun Phrases. In Jeffery T. Runner (Eds.), Syntax and Semantics: Experiments at the Interfaces, (pp. 219-250). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Journals

  • Goldwater, M., Gentner, D. (2015). On the acquisition of abstract knowledge: Structural alignment and explication in learning causal system categories. Cognition.
  • Rottman, B., Gentner, D., Goldwater, M. (2012). Causal systems categories: Differences in novice and expert categorization of causal phenomena. Cognitive Science, 36(5), 912-932. [More Information]
  • Goldwater, M., Markman, A. (2011). Categorizing entities by common role. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 18(2), 406-413. [More Information]
  • Goldwater, M., Tomlinson, M., Love, B., Echols, C. (2011). Structural priming as structure-mapping: Young children use analogies from previous utterances to guide sentence production. Cognitive Science, 35(1), 156-170. [More Information]
  • Goldwater, M., Markman, A., Stilwell, H. (2011). The empirical case for role-governed categories. Cognition, 118(3), 359-376. [More Information]
  • Rein, J., Goldwater, M., Markman, A. (2010). What is typical about the typicality effect in category-based induction? Memory & Cognition, 38(3), 377-388. [More Information]
  • Goldwater, M., Markman, A. (2009). Constructional sources of implicit agents in sentence comprehension. Cognitive Linguistics, 20(4), 675-702. [More Information]
  • Markman, A., Blok, S., Dennis, J., Kim, K., Goldwater, M., Laux, J., Narvaez, L., Taylor, E. (2005). Culture and Individual Differences. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28(6), 831-831. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Jamrozik, A., Sagi, E., Goldwater, M., Gentner, D. (2013). Relational words have high metaphoric potential. 2013 Meeting of the North American Association for Computational Linguistics: First Workshop on Metaphor in NLP, Stroudsburg: Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).
  • Taylor, J., Friedman, S., Forbus, K., Goldwater, M., Gentner, D. (2011). Modeling structural priming in sentence production via analogical processes. The 33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Goldwater, M., Markman, A. (2006). Constructional sources of implicit agents in sentence comprehension. the 28th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX: the 28th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

2015

  • Goldwater, M., Gentner, D. (2015). On the acquisition of abstract knowledge: Structural alignment and explication in learning causal system categories. Cognition.

2013

  • Jamrozik, A., Sagi, E., Goldwater, M., Gentner, D. (2013). Relational words have high metaphoric potential. 2013 Meeting of the North American Association for Computational Linguistics: First Workshop on Metaphor in NLP, Stroudsburg: Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL).
  • Davis, T., Goldwater, M., Gaylord, N., Worthy, D., Otto, R., Glass, B. (2013). The Cognitive Psychology of Human-Bat-Interactions: Implications for Ecological Policy and Zoonotic Disease Transmission. In Gwynne A. Geyer (Eds.), Bats: Phylogeny and Evolutionary Insights, Conservation Strategies and Role in Disease Transmission, (pp. 39-56). Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers.

2012

  • Rottman, B., Gentner, D., Goldwater, M. (2012). Causal systems categories: Differences in novice and expert categorization of causal phenomena. Cognitive Science, 36(5), 912-932. [More Information]

2011

  • Goldwater, M., Markman, A. (2011). Categorizing entities by common role. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 18(2), 406-413. [More Information]
  • Taylor, J., Friedman, S., Forbus, K., Goldwater, M., Gentner, D. (2011). Modeling structural priming in sentence production via analogical processes. The 33rd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Goldwater, M., Runner, J. (2011). On the Representational Nature of Representational Noun Phrases. In Jeffery T. Runner (Eds.), Syntax and Semantics: Experiments at the Interfaces, (pp. 219-250). Bingley, United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.
  • Goldwater, M., Tomlinson, M., Love, B., Echols, C. (2011). Structural priming as structure-mapping: Young children use analogies from previous utterances to guide sentence production. Cognitive Science, 35(1), 156-170. [More Information]
  • Goldwater, M., Markman, A., Stilwell, H. (2011). The empirical case for role-governed categories. Cognition, 118(3), 359-376. [More Information]

2010

  • Rein, J., Goldwater, M., Markman, A. (2010). What is typical about the typicality effect in category-based induction? Memory & Cognition, 38(3), 377-388. [More Information]

2009

  • Goldwater, M., Markman, A. (2009). Constructional sources of implicit agents in sentence comprehension. Cognitive Linguistics, 20(4), 675-702. [More Information]

2006

  • Goldwater, M., Markman, A. (2006). Constructional sources of implicit agents in sentence comprehension. the 28th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Austin, TX: the 28th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society.

2005

  • Markman, A., Blok, S., Dennis, J., Kim, K., Goldwater, M., Laux, J., Narvaez, L., Taylor, E. (2005). Culture and Individual Differences. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 28(6), 831-831. [More Information]

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