Daniel Swingley

(and his Netscape-compatible web page!)

Professor

University of Pennsylvania
Department of Psychology
425 S. University Ave
Levin Building (NBS)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
USA

Phone: 215-898-0334
Fax: 215-746-6848
E-mail: swingley [apenstaartje] psych.upenn.edu

Note: All right, everyone's a critic. If you want a different photo, try this. No expensive photographers were harmed to create this image.

Teaching:
Director of Undergraduate Studies (2018--)
Intro. to Psychology (Psych 1); about 1x/year
Cognitive Development (Psych 281; some spring semesters);
Proseminar in Cognitive Development (Psych 600-302; offered every 3 years);
Topics in Development: Language Acquisition (Psych 280)
Independent Research (Psych 399; offered all the time)

Courses I may do again one day:
Perceptual Learning (Psych 211/739)
Applied Biophysics: Resurrection of the Minor Rodents (Bio 831)
Your Muffins are Just Huge Unfrosted Cupcakes (Marketing 228)
Coffee Tastes Better After Passing Through a Civet, Relative to Broccoli (Bio 738)
Barky Spice: How Cinnamon Changed History, and Waffles (Hist 122)

Research Interests: How children learn language, focusing on infants and toddlers. Word recognition and lexical representation in infants and young children; lexical and phonological categorization. Perceptual experiments with infants, acoustic measurements of infant-directed speech, statistical analyses of infant-directed speech corpora, perceptual category learning in adults.

I will be looking for a new PhD student this fall. (especially one with computational / modeling / statistical skills.)


Lab alums: (whose inter-whereabouts are known to this office)
Sho Tsuji (LSCP Paris / RIKEN)
Frans Adriaans (Utrecht)
Elika Bergelson (Duke)
Suzanne van der Feest (CUNY)
Gary Lupyan (UW-Madison)
Sarah Creel (UCSD)
Carolyn Quam (Portland State)
Chandan Narayan (York)
Martijn Goudbeek (Tilburg)

press announcements, or, who's for vulgarization?

  • BBC's 'The Why Factor' interviews me about Lupyan & Swingley and why we talk to ourselves. Matthew Sweet did a great job!

  • Director of the NIH blogs the work of recent lab PhD Elika Bergelson, who has been named one of Forbes' "30 under 30" scientists!

  • Elika Bergelson, now at Duke University, has been granted an "exceptional early career scientist" award (an NIH DP-5 Early Independence Award) which will give her the resources to continue her work on how infants learn language. Bravo Elika!

  • Q to self: where does absurd newspaper filler material come from? Why, from the pages of QJEP of course!
  • Columbus Dispatch, June 2014

  • WHYY public radio's Maiken Scott interviews Elika Bergelson and Daniel Swingley on the Newsworks program, to talk about research reported in PNAS in Feb 2012.
  • download interview (~10MB)

  • Report on Bergelson & Swingley on France 2's news program:
  • link to interview
  • Fais gaffe: not everything the announcer says is true of the research. He was enthusiastic, though.

    Shoutout to Lupyan & Swingley in the NYT Magazine. Nota bene: our study was about finding something in a complex scene in front of you (like a supermarket aisle), not about remembering where you put your keys.
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  • link to New York Times
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