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Maryellen MacDonald

Expert on language comprehension, language comprehension, and the relationship between memory and language use

Professor, psychology College of Letters and Science Work: 608-262-3986 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page Twitter: @mcmacdonald


  • Language skill learning through the whole lifespan, not just in childhood
  • Memory limitations and how they effect language production and comprehension
  • Language production: why we make errors, how we learn from them
  • Effects of prior language experience (such as dialect and amount of reading) on language comprehension and production


  • Distinguished Honors Faculty Award, 2014 (a teaching award from the UW College of Letters & Science Honors Program)
  • WARF Professorship, 2012
  • Fellow, Association for Psychological Science