Assistant Professor of Psychology and Director of the Communication and Learning Lab; Affiliated Faculty, Masters in Computational Social Science Program

Dr. Yurovsky came to UChicago in the fall of 2016 as an assistant professor of Psychology and director of the Communication and Learning Lab. He is also Affiliated Faculty for the Masters in Computational Social Science Program. He was previously a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University working with Mike Frank. His interests include how children’s rapid language acquisition emerges from the interaction of their learning mechanisms and the structure of their learning environments. His work combines behavioral and computational analysis of infants’, children’s, and adults’ learning mechanisms with corpus analyses of the language children hear and the world they see.

Previously, he was a graduate student at Indiana University, advised by Chen Yu and Linda Smith. He also spent some time in Japan, working with Shohei Hidaka on some statistical tools for analyzing eye-tracking data.

He is an active contributor to Wordbank, an open repository for developmental vocabulary data and helped to develop some R packages. Check out langcog and wordbankr