LINGUIST List 30.2449

Fri Jun 14 2019

Support: Cognitive Science; Bagobo; Aari: PhD, F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging

Editor for this issue: Yiwen Zhang <>

Date: 13-Jun-2019
From: Julia Verhoef <>
Subject: Cognitive Science; Bagobo; Aari: PhD, F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Netherlands
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Level: PhD

Institution/Organization: F.C. Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging

Duties: Research

Specialty Areas: Cognitive Science

Required Language(s): Aari (aiz)


As PhD candidate in the team, you will work on the “linguistic” part of the Synergy project, complementing our knowledge gained from intracranial EEG recordings with a non-verbal social interaction paradigm (see Box 1 in Stolk et al., Trends Cogn Sci, 2016). You will design and implement a live communicative interaction task for fMRI/eyetracking and investigate what brain regions underlie the incremental buildup of frames of reference used to interpret verbal utterances. Widening the project’s scope to gestural communication, you will also design a video-based task enabling us to study when and how interlocutors process the contextual cues necessary to interpret pointing gestures in rich interactional settings. You will then test the causal nature of these insights by investigating how these integrative processes are altered in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as employing the tasks in a TMS study with neurotypical participants.
One of the unique aspects of this project is that at all stages, your work will build on and be informed by the results of the “non-linguistic” part of the Synergy project (see Content description for the Postdoc position).

You should have a Research Master’s degree (or equivalent) in Psychology, Cognitive science, Cognitive neuroscience, or other relevant field of study. Prior experience with neuroscience methods (fMRI, EEG, MEG or TMS) and sound knowledge of statistics is highly valued. You should be familiar with setting up and running experiments using presentation software (e.g. Presentation, e-Prime) and have experience with programming in Matlab, R, or Python. Active interest in social neuroscience or psycholinguistics, especially pragmatics/neuropragmatics, is desirable but not mandatory. Good communication skills in written and spoken English are essential. The successful candidate will be able to work independently, is flexible and highly motivated. As some of the studies will be conducted with ASD participants, we are looking for a candidate with suitable interpersonal skills.

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        Ms. Julia Verhoef

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