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 in Psychology 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 processes of cognition and development, their underlying neural mechanisms, 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

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

-How the prefrontal cortex supports complex cognition, and how brain-behaviour associations change throughout child development

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

-Differences between how experts and novices think.

-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.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Structural alignment in executive decision-making Shir DEKEL

Selected grants

2018

  • How the development of cognitive control changes what children; Goldwater M; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2017

  • CDIP Industry & Community Engagement Fund 2017_ Organizational Eco-Maps: Mapping Innovation - ECEL_GOLDWATER; Goldwater M; DVC Research/Industry & Community Engagement Seed Fund (I&CEF).
  • The development of attentional control in children with and without anxiety; Goldwater M; Faculty of Science/Seed Funding.

2016

  • fNIRS Developmental Neuroimaging Laboratory; Goldwater M; Faculty of Science/Research Equipment and Infrastructure Scheme.

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; Office of Global Engagement/IPDF Grant.

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., Don, H., Krusche, M., Livesey, E. (2018). Relational Discovery in Category Learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 147(1), 1-35. [More Information]
  • Goldwater, M., Brunt, R., Echols, C. (2018). Speech Facilitates the Categorization of Motions in 9-Month-Old Infants. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2146. [More Information]
  • Davis, T., Goldwater, M., Ireland, M., Gaylord, N., Van Allen, J. (2017). Can you catch Ebola from a stork bite? Inductive reasoning influences generalization of perceived zoonosis risk. PloS One, 12(11), 1-21. [More Information]
  • Davis, T., Goldwater, M., Giron, J. (2017). From Concrete Examples to Abstract Relations: The Rostrolateral Prefrontal Cortex Integrates Novel Examples into Relational Categories. Cerebral Cortex, 27(4), 2652-2670. [More Information]
  • Goldwater, M. (2017). Grammatical Constructions as Relational Categories. Topics in Cognitive Science, 9(3), 776-799. [More Information]
  • Livesey, E., Goldwater, M., Colagiuri, B. (2017). Will human-like machines make human-like mistakes? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, 1-5. [More Information]
  • Goldwater, M., Bainbridge, R., Murphy, G. (2016). Learning of role-governed and thematic categories. Acta Psychologica, 164, 112-126. [More Information]
  • Goldwater, M., Schalk, L. (2016). Relational Categories as a Bridge Between Cognitive and Educational Research. Psychological Bulletin, 142(7), 729-757. [More Information]
  • Don, H., Goldwater, M., Otto, R., Livesey, E. (2016). Rule abstraction, model-based choice, and cognitive reflection. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 23(5), 1615-1623. [More Information]
  • Goldwater, M., Markman, A., Trujillo, L., Schnyer, D. (2015). Licensing Novel Role-Governed Categories: An ERP Analysis. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Goldwater, M., Gentner, D. (2015). On the acquisition of abstract knowledge: Structural alignment and explication in learning causal system categories. Cognition, 137, 137-153. [More Information]
  • Smith, L., Ping, R., Matlen, B., Goldwater, M., Gentner, D., Levine, S. (2014). Mechanisms of spatial learning: Teaching children geometric categories. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), 8684, 325-337. [More Information]
  • 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

  • Lai, P., Jacobson, M., Goldwater, M. (2018). Learning nanoscience concepts through a nanoscale experience. 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2018), London: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Dekel, S., Burns, B., Goldwater, M. (2017). Leaping across the mental canyon: Analogical retrieval across disparate task domains. 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2017), Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Don, H., Goldwater, M., Otto, R., Livesey, E. (2015). Connecting rule-abstraction and model-based choice across disparate learning tasks. 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2015), Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
  • 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.

2018

  • Lai, P., Jacobson, M., Goldwater, M. (2018). Learning nanoscience concepts through a nanoscale experience. 13th International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS 2018), London: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
  • Goldwater, M., Don, H., Krusche, M., Livesey, E. (2018). Relational Discovery in Category Learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 147(1), 1-35. [More Information]
  • Goldwater, M., Brunt, R., Echols, C. (2018). Speech Facilitates the Categorization of Motions in 9-Month-Old Infants. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 2146. [More Information]

2017

  • Davis, T., Goldwater, M., Ireland, M., Gaylord, N., Van Allen, J. (2017). Can you catch Ebola from a stork bite? Inductive reasoning influences generalization of perceived zoonosis risk. PloS One, 12(11), 1-21. [More Information]
  • Davis, T., Goldwater, M., Giron, J. (2017). From Concrete Examples to Abstract Relations: The Rostrolateral Prefrontal Cortex Integrates Novel Examples into Relational Categories. Cerebral Cortex, 27(4), 2652-2670. [More Information]
  • Goldwater, M. (2017). Grammatical Constructions as Relational Categories. Topics in Cognitive Science, 9(3), 776-799. [More Information]
  • Dekel, S., Burns, B., Goldwater, M. (2017). Leaping across the mental canyon: Analogical retrieval across disparate task domains. 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2017), Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Livesey, E., Goldwater, M., Colagiuri, B. (2017). Will human-like machines make human-like mistakes? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 40, 1-5. [More Information]

2016

  • Goldwater, M., Bainbridge, R., Murphy, G. (2016). Learning of role-governed and thematic categories. Acta Psychologica, 164, 112-126. [More Information]
  • Goldwater, M., Schalk, L. (2016). Relational Categories as a Bridge Between Cognitive and Educational Research. Psychological Bulletin, 142(7), 729-757. [More Information]
  • Don, H., Goldwater, M., Otto, R., Livesey, E. (2016). Rule abstraction, model-based choice, and cognitive reflection. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 23(5), 1615-1623. [More Information]

2015

  • Don, H., Goldwater, M., Otto, R., Livesey, E. (2015). Connecting rule-abstraction and model-based choice across disparate learning tasks. 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2015), Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.
  • Goldwater, M., Markman, A., Trujillo, L., Schnyer, D. (2015). Licensing Novel Role-Governed Categories: An ERP Analysis. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 1-9. [More Information]
  • Goldwater, M., Gentner, D. (2015). On the acquisition of abstract knowledge: Structural alignment and explication in learning causal system categories. Cognition, 137, 137-153. [More Information]

2014

  • Smith, L., Ping, R., Matlen, B., Goldwater, M., Gentner, D., Levine, S. (2014). Mechanisms of spatial learning: Teaching children geometric categories. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS), 8684, 325-337. [More Information]

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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