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You are here: Home / People / Daniel J. Weiss

Daniel J. Weiss

Daniel J. Weiss

Professor of Psychology and Linguistics

447 Moore Building
University Park , Pa. 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-2265


Lab Affiliation: Child Language and Cognition Lab

Research Interests:

Language Acquisition, Statistical Learning, Comparative Cognition and Communication with Nonhuman Primates.

Research Opportunities:

Actively recruiting graduate students for Fall 2017.  Please contact djw21@psu.edu.

Representative Publications:

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

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 withmultiple speakers. Journal of Phonetics, 56, 66-74.

Puts, D., Hill, A., Bailey, D., Walker, R., Rendall, D., Jablonski, N., Shriver, M., Weiss, D.J., Owren, M., Lameira, A., Apicella, C., Barelli, C., Glenn, M., Ramos-Fernandez, G. (2016) Sexual selection and vocal fundamental frequency across anthropoid primates Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 

Karuza, E. A., Li, P., Weiss, D. J., *Bulgarelli, F., Zinszer, B. D., & Aslin, R. N. (2016). Sampling over Nonuniform Distributions: A Neural Efficiency Account of the Primacy Effect in Statistical Learning. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.

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. p167-190. John Benjamins Press. 

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

 Hotchkin, C.F., Parks, S.E., &  Weiss, D.J. (2015) Noise-induced modifications to frequency of cotton-top tamarin vocalizations: Implications for vocal control in nonhuman primates. PLoS One,10(6), DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0130211

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

Mitchel, A.D., Christiansen, M.H. & Weiss, D.J. (2014). Multimodal integration in statistical learning: Evidence from the McGurk illusion. Frontiers in Psychology, 5: 407. DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00407. 

Mitchel, A. D., & Weiss, D. J. (2014). Visual speech segmentation: using facial cues to locate word boundaries in continuous speech. Language, Cognition, & Neuroscience, 29:7, 771-780, DOI: 10.1080/01690965.2013.791703

Zinszer, B. & Weiss, D.J. (2013) When to hold and when to fold: Detecting structural changes in statistical learning. Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 3858-3863.

Rosenbaum, D.A., Chapman, K.M., Weigelt, M., Weiss, D.J., & Van der Wel, R. (2012) Cognition, action, and object manipulation: The end-state comfort effect. Psychological Bulletin138(5), 924-946. doi: 10.1037/a0027839

Mitchel, A. & Weiss, D.J. (2011). Simultaneous statistical learning in two modalities: Evidence for modality-general accounts. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition37(5), 1081-1091.

Mitchel, A. & Weiss, D.J. (2010). What's in a face? Visual contributions to speech segmentation. Language and Cognitive Processes25(4), 456-482.

Weiss, D.J., Gerfen, C. & Mitchel, A.D. (2009). Speech segmentation in a simulated bilingual environment: A challenge for statistical learning? Language Learning and Development5, 30-49.

Maye J., Weiss, D.J. & Aslin R.N. (2008). Statistical phonetic learning in infants: Facilitation and feature generalization. Developmental Science11(1), 122-134.

Weiss, D.J., Wark, J. & Rosenbaum, D.A. (2007). Monkey see, monkey plan, monkey do: The end-state comfort effect in cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus). Psychological Science18(12), 1063-1068.

Weiss, D.J. & Newport E. (2006). Mechanisms underlying language acquisition: Benefits from a comparative approach. Infancy9(2), 241-257.