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    The Experimental Semiotics Lab

    We use experimental methods to understand how human communication works. Our methodology allows us to manipulate both the objects and the channels of communication: what people have to communicate about, and the means they have to do so. In many of our experiments we push the methodology to its limits, asking people to construct a communication system from scratch, in an unfamiliar medium.

    By taking communication apart and rebuilding it block by block in this way, we get a unique insight into how it works, what is needed to sustain it, and how it gets off the ground in the first place. Our findings contribute theoretically to linguistics and cognitive science and have the potential to offer practical benefits. A basic understanding of the mechanisms that support human communication may lead to improvements in how people communicate in challenging situations, such as when they do not have a common language, or suffer from communicative impairments.

    Who works here

    The lab currently has fourteen members:

    • Bruno Galantucci (associate professor)
    • Gareth Roberts (research fellow)
    • Alan Naiman (student)
    • Ari Adler (student)
    • Alex Landsman (student)
    • Atara Siegel (student)
    • Ben Langstein (student)
    • Danielle Slater (student)
    • Elisheva Wrubel
    • Hannah Rogawski
    • Jennifer Wiseman (student)
    • Joseph Sommer (student)
    • Netanel Weinstein (student)
    • Tyler Davis (student


    We meet every week on Tuesday afternoon, and we regularly host invited speakers. For more information, please contact Gareth Roberts.



      The support of the National Science Foundation (BCS-1026943) is gratefully acknowledged. 

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