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

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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  • 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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  • 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

  • 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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  • 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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