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I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. This website is a little out of date (new lab website coming soon!). You can reach me at wdt@berkeley.edu.

My research examines human language and cognition using large scale behavioural experiments, computational and mathemtical modelling, and machine learning. Hear about a recent project on the Many Minds podcast, read about what netflix can do for psycholinguistics, check out Dallinger, Subs2vec, or Parselmouth, or read a paper on distributed computation in experimental microsocieties or why some words are funnier than others to find out more.


    • Using Universal Dependencies in cross-linguistic complexity research
      by Berdicevskis, Aleksandrs and Çöltekin, Ça\backslashugr\backslashi and Ehret, Katharina and von Prince, Kilu and Ross, Daniel and Thompson, Bill and Yan, Chunxiao and Demberg, Vera and Lupyan, Gary and Rama, Taraka and Bentz, Christian (2018)
      Proceedings of the Second Workshop on Universal Dependencies (UDW 2018),

    • Interpreting Silent Gesture
      by Thompson, Bill and Schouwstra, Marieke and de Swart, Henri\backslash"ette (2016)
      The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 11th International Conference (EVOLANGX11),

    • Universality in Cultural Transmission
      by Thompson, Bill (2015)
      Proceedings of the 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences Satelite Event: The Evolution of Phonetic Capacities,