Maryellen C. MacDonald

Position title: Professor Emeritus


Phone: (608) 262-3986

532 Psychology

Research Area(s)
Cognition and Cognitive Neuroscience

Lab Website
LCNL Lab Home Page

Research Interests

  • Language production and its effects on the statistical distribution of language and on language comprehension
  • The role of experience in language abilities in adults and children, including effects of literacy
  • The relationship between language abilities and verbal working memory
  • Individual differences and cross-linguistic differences

Representative Publications
MacDonald, M.C. (2013). How language production shapes language form and comprehension. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:226. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00226

Gennari, S.P., Mirković, J. & MacDonald, M.C. (2012). Animacy and competition in relative clause production: A cross-linguistic investigation. Cognitive Psychology, 65, 141-176.

Haskell, T.R., Thornton, R., & MacDonald, M.C. (2010). Experience and grammatical agreement: Statistical learning shapes number agreement production. Cognition, 114, 151-164.

Acheson, D.J. & MacDonald, M.C. (2009). Verbal working memory and language production: Common approaches to the serial ordering of verbal information. Psychological Bulletin, 135, 50-68.

Christiansen, M.H. & MacDonald, M.C. (2009). A usage-based approach to recursion in sentence processing. Language Learning, 59, 126-161.

Wells, J.B., Christiansen, M.H., Race, D.S., Acheson, D.J., & MacDonald, M.C. (2009). Experience and sentence processing: Statistical learning and relative clause comprehension. Cognitive Psychology, 58, 250-271.

Gennari, S. P., MacDonald, M. C., Postle, B. R., & Seidenberg, M. S. (2007). Context-dependent interpretation of words: Evidence for interactive neural processes. Neuroimage, 35, 1278-1286.