Dr Micah Goldwater

A18 - Brennan MacCallum Building
The University of Sydney


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Research interests

Dr. Goldwater's research investigates the nature and acquisition of knowledge in children and adults. This work focuses on the representation and formation of abstractions-- the kinds of abstractions that allow scientists to recognize the same causal patterns in the development of economic pricing bubbles and the melting of polar icecaps, or enable 3-year olds to recognize the same grammatical patterns in "bob told sally the news" and "my dad threw me the ball." That is, he is particularly interested in the representation and learning of relational systems (e.g., marriage and catalysis), the roles within such systems (e.g., husband and reagent), and how to utilize language and analogy to foster this learning.

Dr. Goldwater has published on relational cognition in the domains of categories & concepts, causal reasoning, STEM (Science, Techonology, Engineering & Mathematics) education, and psycholinguistics.

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. Hauppauge, New York: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Goldwater, M., Runner, J. (2011). On the representational nature of representational noun phrases. In J. T. Runner (Eds.), Experiments at the Interfaces, (pp. 219-250). United Kingdom: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd.

Journals

  • 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. 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2013), Stroudsburg, PA USA: 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, TX: 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.

2013

  • Jamrozik, A., Sagi, E., Goldwater, M., Gentner, D. (2013). Relational words have high metaphoric potential. 51st Annual Meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL 2013), Stroudsburg, PA USA: 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. 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, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Goldwater, M., Runner, J. (2011). On the representational nature of representational noun phrases. In J. T. Runner (Eds.), Experiments at the Interfaces, (pp. 219-250). 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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