concept mining lab


Department of Psychology, Emory University




Dr. Wolff’s research focuses on the use of language semantics and machine learning to predict human thinking and mental health. Additional areas of interests include causal reasoning, future thinking, intentionality, and cross-linguistic semantics. Dr. Wolff has co-edited several books, including one entitled “Words and the Mind,” which examines the interface of language and thought across languages. He has given invited talks in a number of countries, including Singapore, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, France, England, The Netherlands, Italy, and China. In addition to serving on several editorial boards, Dr. Wolff has served as director of the Linguistics Program at Emory, associate editor of the journal Cognitive Science and faculty at the 2007 Summer Institute of Linguistics at Stanford University.

Phillip Wolff


Former Graduate Students


Robert Thorstad

Robert Thorstad

Jackie Ellison

Jackie Ellison

Dr. Jason Shepard (webpage)

Dr. Kevin Holmes is an Assistant Professor at Colorado College (webpage).

Dr. Bianca Klettke is now a lecturer (=Assistant Professor in the U.S.) at Deakin University, Australia

Former Lab groups

Wolff lab 2018

2018 Lab: Caleb Ziems, Chenxiao Wang, Robert Thorstad, Phillip Wolff, Jackie Ellison, Melody Jie, & Eli Zelle


WolffLab 2014-2015

2014-2015 Lab: from left: Robert Thurstad, Sarah Paik, Reid Kilgore, Yiwei Gao, Phillip Wolff, Jason Shepard, Sirui (Mimi) Liu, Allen Nie

Missing: Austin Blodgett, Cammie Wagner


2013-2014 Lab: Top from left: Ted Guio, Jason Shepard, Phillip Wolff, Kristin Denlinger,

Bottom from left: Lee Kugelmann,Hadar Naftalovich,Laura Manor, Austin Blodgett


From the left: Jason Shepard, Tyler Brown, Kevin Holmes, Phillip Wolff, Olivia Steeley, Ted Guio, Kelsey Jamerson


From the left: Tonia Davis, Kevin Holmes, Seho Park, Brandon Lock, Phillip Wolff, Meredith West, Sevina Nikolova


From the left: Andrei Popa, Phillip Wolff, Kathy Yeh, Iris Jeon, Aron Barbey, Corey Kallenberg, Rachel Robertson