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Join us in congratulating Michael C. Frank!

Michael C. Frank, Stanford University, will receive a 2020 Troland Research Award.

A groundbreaking cognitive scientist, Frank has made vital contributions to our understanding of how children use social context to acquire language. His research employs behavioral experiments, computational tools, and novel measurement methods such as eye-tracking, head-mounted cameras, and tablet experiments.

In addition, Frank gathers and makes use of large data sets through his work on large-scale collaborative studies. He founded the ManyBabies Consortium, a collaborative network for infancy research that builds theories and establishes best practices. He also helped to create and curate Wordbank, Metalab, and childes-db, online resources for developmental psychology. 

Among his accomplishments are studies revealing how infants look at faces over their first year, how children of various ages fixate on the social context of hand movements, and how the skill of using transitory social cues for reference improves with age. His studies have taken him around the world, allowing him to conduct studies reflecting a wide range of cultures. 

Throughout his work, Frank has synthesized previous research and taken his own in new and exciting directions, establishing new models for our understanding of human cognition.

Two Troland Research Awards of $75,000 are given annually to recognize unusual achievement by early-career researchers (preferably 45 years of age or younger) and to further empirical research within the broad spectrum of experimental psychology. The Troland Research Award was established by a trust created in 1931 by the bequest of Leonard T. Troland.

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Congratulations Michael C. Frank of Stanford University, winner of a 2020 National Academy of Sciences’ Troland Research Award for pioneering studies into children’s early language learning!  You can watch him receive the award in psychology live online at the 157th NAS Annual Meeting on April 26! http://bit.ly/MichaelFrank

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Congratulations @mcxfrank of @Stanford, recipient of a 2020 @theNASciences Troland Research Award for pioneering studies into children’s early language learning! #NASaward #Psychology http://bit.ly/MichaelFrank

 Watch @mcxfrank of @Stanford receive a 2020 @theNASciences Troland Research Award at #NAS157 on April 26! #NASaward #Psychology http://bit.ly/MichaelFrank

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