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Daniel Weiss Ph.D.

Daniel Weiss, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Linguistics

Pronouns: he/him/his

447 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 863-2265

Curriculum Vitae

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  1. Ph. D., Harvard University, 2000


Research Interests

Daniel Weiss studies the cognitive abilities of human infants and adults, as well as non-human primates. One of his primary interests involves the cognitive mechanisms underlying language acquisition. This research focuses on statistical learning mechanisms that have been implicated in the learning of phonetic categories, word segmentation and other aspects of language acquisition. His recent work asks how learners detect change in statistical learning and how they track multiple inputs.  This research has implications not only for understanding the early stages of language development but may also inform how learners in bilingual environments are able to contend with multi-language input.  Daniel also studies multimodal integration in the context of statistical learning.   Another line of research focuses on the development of second order motor planning (i.e., anticipatory motor planning) from both an evolutionary and ontogenetic perspective.

Recent Publications

Karuza, E., Li, P., Weiss, D.J., *Bulgarelli, F., Zinszer, B. & Aslin, R.N. (accepted) Neural substrates underlying the primacy effect in statistical learning. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

*George, N.R., Kanero, J., Chwilla, D.J. & Weiss, D.J. (accepted) Are we ON the same page? Monolingual and bilingual acquisition of familiar and novel relational language. 35th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society.

*Bulgarelli, F., & Weiss, D.J. (2016) Anchors aweigh: The impact of overlearning on entrenchment effects in statistical learning. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

*Mitchel, A. D., Gerfen, C., & Weiss, D. J. (2016) Audiovisual perceptual learning with multiple speakers. Journal of Phonetics 56, 66-74.

*Poepsel, T. J., & Weiss, D. J. (2016) The influence of bilingualism on statistical word learning. Cognition 152, 9-19.

Puts, D. A., Hill, A. K., Bailey, D. H., Walker, R. S., Rendall, D., Wheatley, J. R., Welling, L.L.M., Dawood, K., Cárdenas, R., Burriss, R.P., Jablonski, N. G., Shriver, M.D., Weiss, D., Lameira, A.R., Apicella, C.L., Owren, M.J., Barelli, C., Glenn, M.E., & Ramos-Fernandez, G. (2016) Sexual selection on male vocal fundamental frequency in humans and other anthropoids. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283, 1829, 20152830). The Royal Society.

Weiss, D.J., *Poepsel, T., & Gerfen, C. (2015) Tracking multiple inputs: The challenge of bilingual statistical learning. Rebuschat, P. (Ed.) Implicit and Explicit Learning of Languages, 167-190. John Benjamins Press.

Sanjeevan, T., Rosenbaum, D. A., Miller, C., van Hell, J.G., Weiss, D.J., & Mainela-Arnold, E. (2015). Motor Issues in Specific Language Impairment: a Window into the Underlying Impairment. Current Developmental Disorders Reports 2(3), 228-236.

Polka, L., Bohn, O., & Weiss, D.J. (2015) Learning about vowel perception from cross-species comparisons: task demands matter. Frontiers in Psychology 6, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00941.

*Linck, J. & Weiss, D.J. (2015) Working memory predicts second language classroom learning. Sage Open 5(4), DOI: 10.1177/ 2158244015607352.

Hotchkin, C.F., Parks, S.E., Weiss, D.J. (2015) Noise-Induced Frequency Modifications of Tamarin Vocalizations: Implications for Noise Compensation in Nonhuman Primates, PLoS One 10(6), DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130211.

Wunsch, K., Weiss, D. J., Schack, T., & Weigelt, M. (2015). Second-order motor planning in children: insights from a cup-manipulation-task. Psychological Research 9(4):669-77. DOI: 10.1007/s00426-014-0596-y.

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