Jon Anthony Willits, Assistant Professor

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Research Interests

Jon Willits studies language and learning in infants, children, adults, and machines. His research uses computational, neurobiological, experimental, and naturalistic methods to better understand how people and machines learn, represent, and use languages and other forms of complex knowledge, especially word meanings and semantic knowledge.

Creative/Performing Interests

  • Cognitive Development
  • Word learning, Semantic Development, and Knowledge Acquisition
  • Computational Modeling, Neural Networks, Natural Language Processing, and Data Science

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Research Output 2013 2019

Measuring disorganized speech in schizophrenia: Automated analysis explains variance in cognitive deficits beyond clinician-rated scales

Minor, K. S., Willits, J. A., Marggraf, M. P., Jones, M. N. & Lysaker, P. H., Feb 1 2019, In : Psychological Medicine. 49, 3, p. 440-448 9 p.

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Analysis of Variance

Evidence of disturbances of deep levels of semantic cohesion within personal narratives in schizophrenia

Willits, J. A., Rubin, T., Jones, M. N., Minor, K. S. & Lysaker, P. H., Jul 2018, In : Schizophrenia Research. 197, p. 365-369 5 p.

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Personal Narratives

Structured semantic knowledge can emerge automatically from predicting word sequences in child-directed speech

Huebner, P. A. & Willits, J. A., Feb 22 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, FEB, 133.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Long-Term Memory
Short-Term Memory

Comprehension without segmentation: a proof of concept with naive discriminative learning

Baayen, R. H., Shaoul, C., Willits, J. & Ramscar, M., Jan 2 2016, In : Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. 31, 1, p. 106-128 23 p.

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Discrimination Learning

Language knowledge and event knowledge in language use

Willits, J. A., Amato, M. S. & MacDonald, M. C., May 1 2015, In : Cognitive Psychology. 78, p. 1-27 27 p.

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