23.1714, Jobs: English; Psycholing: 2 PhD Positions, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

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Subject: 23.1714, Jobs: English; Psycholing: 2 PhD Positions, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

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Date: Tue, 03 Apr 2012 12:57:11
From: Ina Grevel [Ina.Grevel at mpi.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)


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.willems at donders.ru.nl) for position 1 and Dan Acheson 
(dan.acheson at mpi.nl ) for position 2. Applicants should send a CV, 
letter of interest and two letters of recommendation to Ina Grevel 
(Ina.Grevel at mpi.nl) by June 15 2012.

Application Deadline: 15-Jun-2012 
Email Address for Applications: ina.grevel at mpi.nl 
Contact Information:
	Ina Grevel 
	Email: Ina.Grevel at mpi.nl 

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