Prof Ben Ambridge


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All papers can be downloaded from my personal website:

My research focuses on how children learn the grammar of their language; in particular on how they avoid errors with syntax (e.g., “*He giggled me” rather than “He made my giggle”) and morphology (e.g., “*I sitted down” rather than “I sat down”). Recently, I’ve been branching out from English and studying these phenomena in Hebrew, Hindi, Japanese, K’iche’ Mayan, Indonesian, Balinese, Mandarin, Finnish, Polish, Estonian, German, Spanish and Lithuanian. I’m also interested in Open Science (I set up the journal Language Development Research) and pop-psychology: I’ve written two books – Psy-Q and Are You Smarter Than a Chimpanzee - and teach “Psychology in the Real World” on the Psychology BSc programme.

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