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Journal Articles

Ramscar, M., Hendrix, P., Shaoul, C., Milin, P. & Baayen, R.H. (2014) The myth of cognitive decline: Non-linear dynamics of lifelong learning. Topics in Cognitive Science, 6, 5-42.
Ramscar, M., Hendrix, P., Love, B. & Baayen, H. (2013) Learning is not decline: The mental lexicon as a window into cognition across the lifespan. The Mental Lexicon, 8(3), 450-481.
Ramscar, M. (2013) Suffixing, prefixing, and the functional order of regularities in meaningful strings. Psihologija, 46(4), 377-396.
Ramscar, M., Dye, M. & McCauley, S. (2013) Error and expectation in language learning: The curious absence of ‘mouses’ in adult speech. Language, 89(4), 760-793.
Baayen, R.H., Hendrix, P. & Ramscar, M. (2013) Sidestepping the combinatorial explosion: Towards a processing model based on discriminative learning. Language and Speech, 56(3), 329-347.
Ramscar, M. & Baayen, H. (2013) Production, comprehension and synthesis: A communicative perspective on language. Frontiers in Language Sciences. 4:233. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00233
Ramscar, M., Dye, M., Gustafson, J.W., & Klein, J. (2013) Dual routes to cognitive flexibility: Learning and response conflict resolution in the dimensional change card sort task. Child Development, 84(4), 1308-23.
Ramscar, M. (2013) Suffixing, prefixing, and the functional order of regularities in meaningful strings. Psihologija, 46(4), 377-396.
Ramscar, M., Dye, M. & Hubner, M. (2013) When the fly flied and when the fly flew: How semantics can make sense of inflection. Language and Cognitive Processes, 28(4), 468-97.
Ramscar, M., Dye, M. & Klein, J. (2013) Children value informativity over logic in word learning. Psychological Science, 24(6), 1017-1023.
Arnon, I. & Ramscar, M. (2012) Granularity and the acquisition of grammatical gender: How order-of-acquisition affects what gets learnedCognition, 122(3), 292-305.
Matlock, T., Holmes, K.J., Srinivasan, M., & Ramscar, M. (2011). Even abstract motion influences the understanding of time. Metaphor and Symbol, 26(4), 260-271.
Ramscar M, Dye M, Popick HM, O’Donnell-McCarthy F (2011) The enigma of number: Why children find the meanings of even small number words hard to learn and how we can help them do better. PLoS ONE 6(7): e22501. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0022501
Ramscar, M. & Dye, M. (2011) Learning language from the input : Why innate constraints can’t explain noun compounding. Cognitive Psychology 62(1), 1-40.
Ramscar, M. (2010) Computing machinery and understandingCognitive Science, 34(6), 966-971.
Ramscar, M., Yarlett, D., Dye, M., Denny, K., & Thorpe, K. (2010) The Effects of Feature-Label-Order and their implications for symbolic learning.  Cognitive Science, 34(6), 909-957.
Ramscar, M., Matlock, T., & Dye, M. (2010) Running down the clock: the role of expectation in our understanding of time and motion. Language and Cognitive Processes, 25(5), 589-615.
Thompson-Schill, S., Ramscar, M., & Chrysikou, E. (2009) Cognition without control: when a little frontal lobe goes a long way. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 8(5), 259-263.
St. Clair, M., Monahan, P., & Ramscar, M. (2009) Relationships between language structure and language learning: the suffixing preference and grammatical categorization.  Cognitive Science, 33(7), 1317-1329.
Ramscar, M. & Yarlett, D. (2007) Linguistic self-correction in the absence of feedback: A new approach to the logical problem of language acquisitionCognitive Science, 31, 927-960.
Ramscar, M. & Gitcho, N. (2007) Developmental change and the nature of learning in childhood. Trends In Cognitive Science, 11(7), 274-279.
Alloway, T.P., Corley, M., & Ramscar, M. (2006). Seeing ahead: experience and language in spatial perspectiveMemory and Cognition, 34, 380-386.
Matlock, T, Ramscar, M., & Boroditsky, L. (2005). The experiential link between spatial and temporal languageCognitive Science, 29, 655-664.
Ramscar, M. & Yarlett, D. (2003) Semantic grounding in models of analogy: an environmental approachCognitive Science, 27, 41-71.
Ramscar, M. (2002) The role of meaning in inflection: why the past tense does not require a ruleCognitive Psychology, 45(2), 45-94.
Boroditsky, L. & Ramscar, M. (2002). The roles of body and mind in abstract thoughtPsychological Science, 13(2), 185-188.
Ramscar, M.J.A., Lee, J.R., & Pain, H.G. (1998) Reply to Per Galle’s: ‘Product modelling: 20 years of stalemate?’ Design Studies, 19, 241-244.
Ramscar, M.J.A., Lee, J.R., & Pain, H.G. (1996) A classification-based methodology for the integration of agent views within design systems. Design Studies, 17, 465-483.

Book Chapters

Ramscar, M., Boroditsky, L., & Matlock, T. (2010) Time, motion, and meaning: The experiential basis of abstract thought. In Kelly S. Mix, Linda B. Smith, and Michael Gasser (eds.), The Spatial Foundations of Language and Cognition. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 67-82. (PDF)
Matlock, T., Ramscar, M., & Boroditsky, L. (2004) The experiential basis of motion language. In A. Soares da Silva, A. Torres, & M. Goncalves (Eds.) Linguagem, cultura e cognicao: Estudo de linguistica cognitiva. Vol 2. 43-57. Coimbra: Almedina.
Hahn, U. & Ramscar, M.J.A. (2001) Mere similarity? In U. Hahn & M.J.A. Ramscar, (eds.) Similarity and Categorization. Oxford: Oxford University Press. (Read a Review)

Commentary & Reviews

Ramscar, M. (2003) The past-tense debate: exocentric form versus the evidence. Trends in Cognitive Science, 7(3), 107-8. (REPLY)
Yarlett, D & Ramscar, M (2003). Overfurnishing the mind. Review of Jesse J. Prinz, Furnishing the Mind: Concepts and their Perceptual Basis. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2002. Metascience 12: 285-291. (REVIEW)
Boroditsky, L. & Ramscar, M.J.A. (2001). “First, we assume a spherical cow…” A commentary on Tenenbaum & Griffiths, Generalization, Similarity, and Bayesian Inference. Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 24(4), 656-7. (COMMENTARY)

Refereed Conference Proceedings

Ramscar, M., Dye, M., Popick, H. & O’Donnell-McCarthy, F. (2011) How children learn to value numbers: Information structure & the acquisition of numerical understanding. Proceedings of the 33rd Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.
Ramscar, M., Suh, E. & Dye, M. (2011) How pitch category learning comes at a cost to absolute frequency representations. Proceedings of the 33rd Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.
Ramscar, M., Dye, M., Klein, J., Ruiz, L.D., Aguirre, N. & Sadaat, L. (2011) Informativity versus logic: Children and adults take different approaches to word learning. Proceedings of the 33rd Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.
Popick, H., Dye, M., Kirkham, N. & Ramscar, M. (2011) Investigating how infants learn to search in the A-not-B task. Proceedings of the 33rd Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.
November, A. & Ramscar, M. (2011) Breaking the World into Symbols. Proceedings of the 33rd Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.
Kosaraju, R., Dye, M. & Ramscar, M. (2010) Of Frames and Frequencies: How Early Language Production is Influenced by the Distribution. Proceedings of the 36th Meeting of the Society for Philosophy & Psychology, Portland, OR.
Kao, J., Ryan, R., Dye, M. & Ramscar, M. (2010) An acquired taste: How reading literature affects sensitivity to word distributions when judging literary texts. Proceedings of the 32nd Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Portland, OR.
Ramscar, M., & Dye, M. (2009) No representation without taxation: The costs and benefits of learning to conceptualize the environment. 2nd International Analogy Conference, Sophia, Bulgaria.
Ramscar, M. & Dye, M. (2009) Error and expectation in language learning: An inquiry into the many curious incidences of “mouses” in adult speech. Proceedings of the 31st Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam, NE.
Arnon, I. & Ramscar, M. (2009) Granularity and the acquisition of grammatical gender: How order of acquisition affects what gets learned. Proceedings of the 31st Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam, NE.
Ramscar, M., Yarlett, D., Dye, M., Kalchbrenner, N. (2009) The Feature-Label-Order Effect in Symbolic Learning. Proceedings of the 31st Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam, NE.
Ramscar, M., Dye, M., Witten, J., Klein, J. (2009) Two routes to cognitive flexibility: Learning and response conflict resolution in the dimensional change card sort task. Proceedings of the 31st Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Amsterdam, NE.
Arnon, I., & Ramscar, M. (2008) How order-of-acquisition shapes language learning: the case of grammatical gender. Boston University Conference on Language Development, Boston, MA.
Ramscar, M., Thorpe. K.L., & Denny., K.G., (2007) Surprise in the learning of color words. Proceedings of the 29th Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Nashville, TN.
Bannard, C. & Ramscar, M. (2007). Reading time evidence for storage of frequent multiword sequences. Proceedings of Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing 2007, Turku, Finland.
Davidenko, N., & Ramscar, M. (2005). Distinctiveness effects in face memory vanish with well-controlled distractors. Proceedings of the 27th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Mahwah, NJ.
Davidenko, N., & Ramscar, M. (2003) Age and gender: similarly cued from silhouetted face profiles. (Abstract) Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Boston, MA.
Yarlett D.G. & Ramscar M.J.A (2003). Belief Revision in Causal Induction. Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Boston, MA.
Matlock, T., Ramscar, M. & Boroditsky, L. (2003). The Experiential Basis of Meaning. Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Boston, MA.
Ramscar, M., Pearson, I., & Ali, S. Why children sometimes say mice-eater. Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Boston, MA.
Frank, M.C. & Ramscar, M. How do Presentation and Context Influence Representation for Functional Fixedness Tasks? (Abstract) Proceedings of the 25th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Boston, MA.
Yarlett D.G. & Ramscar M.J.A. (2002). A Quantitative Model of Counterfactual Reasoning. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems 14, MIT Press.
Yarlett D.G. & Ramscar M.J.A. (2002). Uncertainty in causal and counterfactual inference. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Fairfax, VA.
Alloway, T.P., Ramscar, M.J.A & Corley, M. (2002) The role of thought and experience in the understanding of spatio-temporal metaphors. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Fairfax, VA.
Boroditsky, L., Ham, W., & Ramscar, M.J.A (2002) What is universal in event perception? Comparing English & Indonesian speakers. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Fairfax, VA.
Ramscar, M.J.A. (2002) When the fly flied and when the fly flew: The effects of semantics on past tense inflection. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Fairfax, VA.
MacDonald, S & Ramscar, M (2001). Testing the Distributional Hypothesis: The Influence of Context on Judgements of Semantic Similarity. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Edinburgh.
Yarlett, D & Ramscar, M (2001). Structural Determinants of Counterfactual Reasoning. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Edinburgh.
Connell, L & Ramscar, M (2001). Using Distributional Measures to Model Typicality in Categorization. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Edinburgh.
Connell, L. & Ramscar, M. (2001). Modeling canonical and contextual typicality using distributional measures. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Cognitive Science, Beijing, China.
Lynott, D & Ramscar, M. J. A. (2001) Can we model conceptual combination using distributional information? Proceedings of the Twelfth Irish Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, NUI, Maynooth, September, 2001.
Ramscar, M.J.A (2001). The influence of semantics on past-tense inflection. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. University of Edinburgh.
Boroditsky, L, Ramscar, M & Frank, M (2001) The roles of body and mind in abstract thought. Proceedings of the 23rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. University of Edinburgh.
Ramscar, M.J.A. & Yarlett, D.G. (2000) The use of a high-dimensional, “environmental” context space to model retrieval in analogy and similarity-based transfer. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. University of Pennsylvania.
Yarlett, D.G. & Ramscar, M.J.A. (2000). Structure-Mapping Theory and Lexico-Semantic Information. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. University of Pennsylvania.
Heneveld, A. Bundy, A. Ramscar, M.J.A. & Richardson, J. (2000) Memory-Based Problem Solving and Schema Induction in Go. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. University of Pennsylvania.
Ramscar, M.J.A. (2000) Evidence for the processing of re-representations during the mapping of externally represented analogies. Proceedings of the 22nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. University of Pennsylvania.
Alloway, T.P., Ramscar, M.J.A & Corley, M. (1999) Verbal and embodied priming in schema mapping tasks. Proceedings of the 21st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Vancouver, British Columbia.
Ramscar, M.J.A. & Hahn, U. (1998) What family resemblances are not: The continuing relevance of Wittgenstein to the study of concepts and categories. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Ramscar, M.J.A. & Hahn, U. (1998) Wittgenstein and the ontological status of analogy. In Holyoak, K, Gentner, D and Kokinov, B (eds.) Advances in Analogy Research. Sofia, Bulgaria: New Bulgarian University Press.
Darrington, S., Lingstadt, T & Ramscar, M.J.A. (1998) Analogy as a sub-process of categorisation. Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Bueno, R.M., Pain, H., & Ramscar, M. Modeling the Cognitive Effects of Participative Learning Modeling. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems. London, UK.
Ramscar, M.J.A. Pain, H.G., Darrington, S. & Lee, J. R. (1998) Examples and generalisations: Using surface versus structural recall biases to probe conceptual storage.Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Ramscar, M.J.A., Pain, H.G., & Cooper, R. (1997) Is there a place for semantic similarity in the analogical mapping process? Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Stanford University.
Ramscar, M.J.A. (1997) Wittgenstein and the representation of psychological categories. Similarity and categorisation. SimCat 97, Department of Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh.
Ramscar, M.J.A. & Pain, H.G. (1996) Can a real distinction be made between cognitive theories of analogy and categorisation? Proceedings of the 18th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, University of California, San Diego.
Ramscar, M.J.A., Pain, H.G. & Lee, J. (1996) Do we know what the user knows, and does it matter? The epistemics of user modelling. In Anthony Jameson, Cecile Paris, and Carlo Tasso (Eds.), User Modeling: Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference, UM97. Vienna, New York.
Ramscar, M. & White, R. (1993) “A Goal Driven Approach to Knowledge Extraction for Architectural Design Systems.” Information Modeling and Knowledge Bases IV: Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications.