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Russell Richie

Postdoctoral research fellow
Department of Psychology
University of Pennsylvania
Office: D20 Solomon Labs


I am currently a post-doc with Sudeep Bhatia in the Computational Behavioral Science Lab of the Department of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. I previously received my PhD in Developmental Psychology at the University of Connecticut. There I primarily worked in the Language Creation Lab under the mentorship of Marie Coppola, and in the SoLab under Whit Tabor. I was also a fellow in the Language Plasticity -- Genes, Brain, Cognition, & Computation IGERT (which is now the Neurobiology of Language program), and an affiliate of the CT Institute for the Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

My interests include cognitive science in general, and language and memory in particular. Most of my recent work (circa 2020) concerns (a) semantic representations of words (and sometimes sentences) obtained through psychometric or natural language processing techniques, and (b) the judgments and decisions people make based on those representations. Previously, I've been interested in representation and processing of prosodic information, as well as the emergence of language and particularly conventional referring expressions (what we might roughly call 'the lexicon'). Over the years, my research has involved natural language processing, computational modeling, and behavioral studies in the lab, the field, and online.

Here's a link to my vita.


Giovannone, N., Fitzroy, A. B., Richie, R., Jasińska, K., Wood, S., Landi, N., Coppola, M. & Breen, M. (in prep). Prosodic phrase boundary processing in native signers of American Sign Language. Slides from ETAP 2019.

Singh, M., Richie, R., & Bhatia, S. (in prep). Representing and predicting everyday behavior.

Richie, R., & Verheyen, S. (in prep). Using cross-validation to select dimensionality in multidimensional scaling.

Richie, R., & Bhatia, S. (under review). Similarity judgment within and across categories: A comprehensive model comparison. PsyArXiv preprint.

Zhao, W.J., Richie, R., & Bhatia, S. (revise/resubmit). Process and content in decisions from memory. PsyArXiv preprint

Richie, R., & Bhatia, S. (accepted). Knowledge in everyday judgment and decision making: An introduction to the distributed semantics approach. In R. Boyd & M. Dehghani (Eds.) The Atlas of Language Analysis in Psychology. Guilford Press. PsyArXiv preprint.

Richie, R.*, Hall*, M., Cho, P.W., & Coppola, M. (in press). Converging evidence: Enhanced conventionalization of gestural referring expressions in richly-connected networks. Language Dynamics and Change. PsyArXiv preprint. *Equal contribution

Richie, R., White, B., Hout, M.C., & Bhatia, S. (in press). The spatial arrangement method of measuring similarity can capture high-dimensional, semantic structures. Behavior Research Methods. PsyArXiv preprint.

Richie, R., Zou, W., & Bhatia, S, (2019). Predicting High-Level Human Judgment Across Diverse Behavioral Domains. Collabra: Psychology, 5(1), 50. PsyArXiv preprint.

Bhatia, S., Richie, R., & Zou, W. (2019). Distributed semantic representations for modeling human judgment. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 29, 31-36.

Richie, R. (2016). Functionalism in the lexicon: Where is it, and how did it get there? In G. Jarema, G. Libben, & V. Kuperman (Eds.), Thematic Issue of The Mental Lexicon: New Questions for the Next Decade, 11(3), 429–466. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. doi 10.1075/ml.11.3.05ric. PsyArXiv preprint.

Richie, R., Yang, C., & Coppola, M. (2014). Modeling the emergence of natural language lexicons in homesign systemsTopics in Cognitive Science, 6(1), 183-195.

Roseberry, S., Richie, R., Hirsh-Pasek, K., Golinkoff, R.M., Shipley, T. (2011). Babies catch a break: 7- to 9-month-olds track transitional probabilities in continuous dynamic events. Psychological Science, 22(11), 1422-1424.

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