Mark Pitt

Associate Chair, Department of Psychology
Member
Oversight Committee

Distinctions

  • College of Honors Scholarship, UCLA, 1984
  • B.A. awarded cum laude, with honors in psychology, UCLA, 1984
  • Honorable mention, NSF Graduate Fellowship, 1985
  • Yale University Graduate Fellowship, 1985-1989
  • International Human Frontiers Science Program, Short-term Fellowship, 1994.
  • Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Summer Fellowship, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, 1996
  • Hatcher Memorial Award for Excellence in Research, Service, and Teaching, 2004
  • Joan N. Huber Faculty Fellowship Award, 2007

Employment

  • 2003-present Professor, Department of Psychology, Ohio State University
  • 1999-2003 Associate Director, Center for Cognitive Science, Ohio State University
  • 1996-2003 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Ohio State University
  • 1990-1996 Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Ohio State University.
  • 1989-1990 Post-doctoral Associate, Department of Psychology, Yale University.

Research Funding

  • Ohio State University Seed Grant, $13,500, September 1991-August 1992.
  • Ohio State University Interdisciplinary Seed Grant, $80,000, February 1999- June 2001.
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, FIRST AWARD, R29, "Auditory Word Recognition." $448,000, February 1993-January 1999.
  • National Institute of Mental Health, R01, "Selecting among mathematical models of cognition" Co-PI with Jay Myung, $240,000, August 1998-July, 2001.
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, R01, "Recognizing phonological variants of spoken words." Keith Johnson and Beth Hume Co-PIs, $250,000, January 2001-December 2002.
  • National Institute of Mental Health, R01,"Selecting among mathematical models of cognition" Co-PI with Jay Myung, $500,000, August 2001-July 2006.
  • National Science Foundation, "Bayesian approaches to testing axioms of measurement" Consultant (PIs: Jay Myung and George Karabatos), $270,000, May 2003-April 2006.
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, R01, "Recognizing phonological variants of spoken words." Project Director. Co-PIs are Keith Johnson and Eric Fosler-Lussier, $540,000, January July 2004-June 2009.
  • National Institute of Mental Health, R01,"Selecting among mathematical models of cognition" Co-PI with Jay Myung, $500,000, August 2006-July 2010.
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research. "Establishment of a data repository for cognitive modeling", Co-PI with Jay Myung, $376,00, March 2009-February 2012.

Instructional Funding

  • Equipment for an instructional computing laboratory, $81,000, Office of Academic Computing, Ohio State University, 1993
  • Upgrade for the instructional computing laboratory, $20,000, 1996
  • Upgrade for the instructional computing laboratory, $25,000, 1999

Courses taught

  • Honors Research (Psych H783)
  • Psychology of Listening and Reading (Psych 602)
  • Research Methods in Cognitive Psychology (Psych 510)
  • Introduction to the Psychology of Listening and Reading (Psych 302)
  • Perception (Psych 310)
  • Seminars in psycholinguistics (Psych 811)
  • Research Methods in the Psychology of Language (695)

Departmental service

  • 1991-1997 Member, Undergraduate Program Committee
  • 1993-present Director, Psychology Computing Laboratory
  • 1998-2002 Member, Selective Investment Committee
  • 2002-2005 Member, New Building Committee
  • 2003-2006 Area Head
  • 2005-present P&T Reading Committee, Chair
  • 2006-present Vice Chair

College service

  • Psychology representative, Arts and Sciences Senate

Memberships in professional organizations

  • Cognitive Science Society
  • Psychonomic Society
  • Society for Mathematical Psychology

Grant Review Panel

  • NIDCD R03 special emphasis panel

Editorial Boards

  • Associate Editor: Perception & Psychophysics, 2003 – 2006
  • Associate Editor: Cognitive Science, 2008-present
  • Consulting Editor: Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 2006-present
  • Consulting Editor: Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 2010-present
  • Consulting Editor: JEP:HPP, 1999-2003

Ad-hoc reviewer (in the last year)

  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychological Review
  • Psychological Science

Publications

Carterette, E.C., Kohl, D.V., & Pitt, M.A. (1986). Similarities among transformed melodies: The abstraction of invariants. Music Perception, 3, 393-410.

Pitt, M.A. & Monahan, C.B. (1987). The perceived similarity of auditory polyrhythms. Perception & Psychophysics, 41, 534-546.

Pitt, M.A., & Samuel, A.G. (1990). The use of rhythm in attending to to speech. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 16, 564-573.

Pitt, M.A., & Samuel, A.G. (1990). Attentional allocation during speech perception: How fine is the focus? Journal of Memory and Language, 29, 611-632.

Crowder, R.G., & Pitt, M.A. (1992). Research on imagery for musical timbre. In D. Reisberg (Ed.), Auditory Imagery (pp. 29-44). Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum.

Pitt, M.A., & Crowder, R.G. (1992). The role of spectral and dynamic cues in imagery for musical timbre. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 18, 728-738.

Pitt, M.A., & Samuel, A.G. (1993). An empirical and meta-analytic evaluation of the phoneme identification task. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 19, 699-725.

Suprenant, A.M., Pitt, M.A., & Crowder, R.G. (1993) Auditory recency in immediate memory. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 46A, 193-223.

Pitt, M.A. (1994). Perception of pitch and timbre by musically trained and untrained listeners. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 20, 976- 986.

Pitt, M.A. (1995). Evidence for a central representation of instrument timbre. Perception & Psychophysics, 57, 43-55.

Pitt, M.A. (1995). The locus of the lexical shift in phoneme identification. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 21, 1037-1052.

Pitt, M.A. (1995). Data fitting and detection theory: Reply to Massaro and Oden. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 21, 1065-1067.

Pitt, M.A., & Samuel, A.G. (1995). Lexical and sublexical feedback in auditory word recognition. Cognitive Psychology, 29, 149-188.

McQueen, J.M. & Pitt, M.A. (1996). Transitional probability and phoneme monitoring. International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, Vol.4, 2502-2505, Philadelphia, USA.

Myung, I.J., & Pitt, M.A. (1997). Applying Occam's razor in modeling cognition: A bayesian approach. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 79-95.

Starr, G., & Pitt, M.A. (1997). Interference effects in short-term memory for timbre. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 102,486-494.

Myung, I.J., & Pitt, M.A. (1998). Issues in selecting mathematical models of cognition. In J. Grainger and A. Jacobs (Eds.). Localist Connectionist Approaches to Human Cognition, Erlbaum (pp.327-355).

Pitt, M.A., & McQueen, J.M. (1998). Is compensation for coarticulation mediated by the lexicon? Journal of Memory and Language, 39, 347-370.

Pitt, M.A., Smith, K.L., & Klein, J.M. (1998). Syllabic effects in word processing:Evidence from the structural induction paradigm. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 24, 1596-1611.

Pitt, M.A. (1998). Phonological processes and the perception of phonotactically illegal consonant clusters. Perception & Psychophysics, 60, 941-951.

Smith, K.L., & Pitt, M.A. (1999). Phonological and morphological influences in the syllabification of spoken words. Journal of Memory and Language, 41, 199-222.

Myung, I. J., Balasubramanian, V., & Pitt, M. A. (2000) Counting probability distributions: Differential geometry and model selection. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 97, 11170-11175.

Myung, I. J., Kim, C., & Pitt, M.A. (2000). Toward an explanation of the power-law artifact: Insights from response surface analysis. Memory & Cognition, 28, 832-840.

Pitt, M.A. (2000). Model evaluation and data interpretation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 23, 344-345. (commentary)

Myung, I. J., Pitt, M. A., Zhang, S., & Balasubramanian, V. (2001). The use of MDL to select among computational models of cognition. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 13, MIT Press.

Myung, I. J. & Pitt, M. A. (2001). A minimum description length approach for selecting among qualitative models of cognition . Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Cognitive Science. Beijing, China.

Pitt, M.A. & Shoaf, L. (2001). The source of a lexical bias in the Verbal Transformation Effect. Language and Cognitive Processes, 16, 5/6, 715-721.

Myung, I. J., & Pitt, M. (2002). Mathematical Modeling. In J. Wixted (Ed.), Stevens' Handbook of Experimental Psychology (3rd Edition), Volume IV (Methodology). (pp. 429-460). New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Myung, I. J. & Pitt, M. A. (2002). Model fitting. In L. Nadel (ed.), The Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science. London, UK: Macmillan.

Pitt, M.A., & Myung, I.J. (2002). When a good fit can be bad. Trends in Cognitive Science, 6, 421-425.

Pitt, M.A., Myung,I., & Zhang, S. (2002). Toward a method of selecting among computational models of cognition. Psychological Review, 109, 472-491.

Pitt, M.A., & Shoaf, L. (2002). Linking verbal transformations to their causes. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 28, 150-162.

Pitt, M.A., & Shoaf, L.S. (2002). Revisiting bias effects in word-initial phonological priming. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 28, 1120- 1130.

Shoaf, L.S., & Pitt, M.A. (2002). Does node stability underlie the Verbal Transformation Effect? A Test of Node Structure Theory. Perception & Psychophysics, 64, 795-803.

Pitt, M.A., Kim, W., & Myung, I.J. (2003). Flexibility versus Generalizability in Model Selection. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 10, 29-44.

Samuel, A.G., & Pitt, M.A. (2003). Lexical activation (and other factors) can mediate compensation for coarticulation. Journal of Memory and Language, 48, 416-434.

Navarro, D., Pitt, M.A., & Myung, I. (2004). Assessing the distinguishability of models and the informativeness of data. Cognitive Psychology, 49, 47-84.


Kim, W., Navarro, D., Pitt, M. A., Myung, I. (2004). An MCMC-based method of comparing connectionist models in cognitive science. Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 15, MIT Press.

Myung, I. J. & Pitt, M. A. (2004). Model comparison methods. In L. Brand & M. L. Johnson (Eds.), Numerical Computer Methods, Part D (A volume of Methods in Enzymology, evaluation, testing and selection, 383).

Myung, I. J. & Pitt, M. A. (2004). Model evaluation, testing and selection. In K. Lambert and R. Goldstone (Eds.), Handbook of Cognition. (pp. 422-436).London, UK: Sage.

Grunwald, P., Myung, I., & Pitt, M.A. (2005). Advances in Minimum Description Length: Theory and Application. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Pitt, M.A., Johnson, K., Hume, E., Kiesling, S., & Raymond, W. (2005). The Buckeye Corpus of Conversational Speech: Labeling Conventions and a Test of Transcriber Reliability. Speech Communication, 45, 89-95.

Pitt, M.A., & Navarro, D. (2005). Tools for learning about computational models. In A. Cutler (Ed.), Twenty-First Century Psycholinguistics: Four Cornerstones. New York, NY: Erlbaum.

Su, Y., Myung, I.J., & Pitt, M.A. (2005). Minimum description length and cognitive modeling. In P. Grunwald, I. Myung, and M. Pitt (Eds.), Advances in Minimum Description Length: Theory and Application. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Myung, J. I., Navarro, D. J. & Pitt, M. A. (2006). Model selection by normalized maximum likelihood. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 50, 167-179.

Pitt, M.A., Kim, W., Navarro, D., & Myung, I. (2006). Global model analysis by parameter space partitioning. Psychological Review, 113, 57-83.

Pitt, M.A., & Samuel, A.G. (2006) Word Length and Lexical Activation: Longer is Better. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 32, 1120-1135.

Dilley, L., & Pitt, M.A. (2007). A study of regressive place assimilation in spontaneous speech and its implications for spoken word recognition. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 122, 2340-2353.

Fosler-Lussier, E., Dilley, L., Tyson, N., & Pitt, M. (2007). The Buckeye corpus of speech : Updates and Enhancements. Proceedings of Interspeech-07, Antwerp, Belgium.

Myung, J.I., Montenegro, M., & Pitt, M.A. (2007). Analytic expressions for the BCDMEM model of recognition memory. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 51, 198-204.

Myung, J.I., Pitt, M.A., & Navarro, D.J. (2007). Does response scaling cause the generalized context model to mimic a prototype model? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14, 1043-1050.

Pitt, M.A., Dilley, L., Johnson, K., Kiesling, S., Raymond, W., Hume, E. and Fosler- Lussier, E. (2007) Buckeye Corpus of Conversational Speech (2007; Final release) [www.buckeyecorpus.osu.edu] Columbus, OH: Department of Psychology, Ohio State University (Distributor).

Pitt, M.A., Myung, J., & Altieri, N. (2007). Modeling the word recognition data of Vitevitch and Luce (1998): Is it ARTful? Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 14, 442-448.

Pitt, M.A., Myung, J.I., Montenegro, M., & Pooley, J. (2008). Measuring the flexibility of localist connectionist models of speech perception. Cognitive Science, 32, 1285-1303.

Myung, J.I., & Pitt, M.A. (2009). Optimal Experimental Design for Model Discrimination. Psychological Review, 116, 499-518.

Myung, J.I., Tang, Y., & Pitt, M.A. (2009). Evaluation and Comparison of Computational Models. Methods in Enzymology, 287-304.

Pitt, M.A. (2009). How are pronunciation variants of spoken words recognized? A test of generalization to newly learned words. Journal of Memory and Language, 61, 19-36.

Pitt, M.A. (2009). The strength and time course of lexical activation of pronunciation variants. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35, 896- 910.

Cavanaro, D.R., Myung, J.I., Pitt, M.A. & Kujala, J.V. (in press). Adaptive Design Optimization: A Mutual Information Based Approach to Model Discrimination in Cognitive Science. Neural Computation.

Invited Papers

Pitt, M.A. (1996). Perceiving and encoding timbre. Paper presented at the 129th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Indianapolis, IN.

Pitt, M.A. & Shoaf, L. (2000). Beyond traditional measures of lexical influences on perception. Paper presented that the conference on spoken word access processes, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Pitt, M.A., Myung, I.J., Navarro, D.J., Kim, W. (2003). Landscaping: A method for distinguishing quantitative models. Paper presented at the Four Corners workshop, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Pitt, M.A. & Johnson, K. (2003). Using pronunciation data as a starting point in modeling word recognition. Paper presented at the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Barcelona, Spain(Aug)

Pitt, M.A. & Johnson, K. (2003). Using pronunciation data as a starting point in modeling word recognition. Paper presented at the 146th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Austin, TX.

Myung, J. I., & Pitt, M. A (2006). Beyond Standard Model Validation Techniques. Paper presented at the Workshop on Model Comparison and Model Validation: Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Syracuse, NY.

Pitt, M.A. (2006). What's under the hood? Explorations into how connectionist models of language processing work. Paper presented at the Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguitics. Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Myung, J. I. & Pitt, M. A. (7/2007). Optimizing experimental designs for model discrimination. Annual Meeting for the Society for Mathematical Psychology, Irvine, CA.

Pitt, M.A. & Dilley, L. (2008). Exploring the Role of Attention in Recognizing Reduced Speech. Paper presented at the Workshop on Speech Reduction. Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Placement of Post-doctoral Researchers

  • Laura Dilley - Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
  • Scott Keisling - Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
  • Maximilliano Montenegro – Assistant Professor, Pontifico Catolico Universistat, Santiago, Chili.
  • Daniel Navarro – Research Fellow, University of Adelaide, Australia
  • William Raymond - Research Associate, University of Colorado
  • Joseph Stephens – Assistant Professor, North Carolina A&T State University
Education
  • B.A., University of California, Los Angeles, 1984 (Psychology)
  • Ph.D., Yale University, 1989 (Cognitive Psychology)
  • M.S., Yale University, 1987 (Cognitive Psychology)

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