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LINGUIST List 23.1714

Tue Apr 03 2012

Jobs: English; Psycholing: 2 PhD Positions, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

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Date: 02-Apr-2012
From: Ina Grevel <Ina.Grevelmpi.nl>
Subject: English; Psycholinguistics: 2 PhD Positions, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, Netherlands
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University or Organization: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Department: Neurobiology of Language
Job Location: Nijmegen, Netherlands
Web Address: http://www.mpi.nl
Job Rank: 2 PhD Positions

Specialty Areas: Psycholinguistics

Required Language(s): English (eng)

Description:

Two 3-year PhD positions are available in Peter Hagoort's
Neurobiology of Language Department at the Max Planck Institute for
Psycholinguistics / Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and
Behaviour, Nijmegen, The Netherlands. The positions offer access to
numerous behavioral and EEG laboratories, as well as eye-tracking,
MEG, fMRI and TMS facilities. The language research environment in
Nijmegen is vibrant with the MPI, Centre for Language Studies (CLS)
and Donders Institute on one campus, thus offering many opportunities
for collaboration and interdisciplinary training.

PhD Position 1: 'Mental simulation during story comprehension: A
cognitive neuroscience approach'
Daily Supervisor: Dr. Roel Willems

Experiments suggest that people simulate the content of the language
they hear or read. For instance, when reading about actions, parts of
the sensori-motor system involved in action production can become
active. Recent work shows that simulation during language
understanding does not always occur, and that individuals differ in how
much and when they simulate (see Willems and Casasanto, 2011,
Frontiers in Psychology, for overview). The main goal of the project is
to use methods from cognitive neuroscience (fMRI, EEG, eye tracking)
to study simulative processes during the understanding of stories
(literary text). (Look for more project information at http://www.mpi.nl or
http://www.ru.nl/donders/.) The ideal candidate holds a master's
degree in a relevant study area; has a passion for research; is
interested in literature; has experience with programming; has
experience with doing experimental research.

PhD Position 2: 'Monitoring and control in language production'
Daily Supervisor: Dr. Dan Acheson

Language production is one of the most common actions in which
humans engage and correct performance requires us to not only
monitor our performance but also exert control when mistakes might
occur. The systems responsible for monitoring and control remain
poorly understood as neurophysiological studies of overt language
production have largely been avoided due to the artifact they induce.
Recent advances in electrophysiological methodology, however, have
allowed researchers to remove these artifacts, thus opening the
opportunity for novel research into overt language production
processes. (Look for more project information at http://www.mpi.nl or
http://www.ru.nl/donders/.) The ideal candidate holds a master's
degree in psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology or cognitive
neuroscience; is motivated to learn new methodologies; has previous
experience doing experimental work; has a working knowledge of
statistics and computational skills.

Interested individuals should contact Roel Willems
(r.willemsdonders.ru.nl) for position 1 and Dan Acheson
(dan.achesonmpi.nl ) for position 2. Applicants should send a CV,
letter of interest and two letters of recommendation to Ina Grevel
(Ina.Grevelmpi.nl) by June 15 2012.

Application Deadline: 15-Jun-2012

Email Address for Applications: ina.grevelmpi.nl
Contact Information:
Ina Grevel
Email: Ina.Grevelmpi.nl

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