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Asifa Majid

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Asifa Majid is Professor of Language, Communication and Cultural Cognition at the Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University. She is also an Affiliated Principal Investigator at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour.

She investigates concepts in language and cognition by conducting cross-cultural, interdisciplinary studies, and by tracing how concepts develop over a child’s lifetime within different cultural contexts.

She has been awarded various prizes and awards (e.g. the Ammodo KNAW Award 2015 for the Humanities, Radboud Science Award 2015) and received a NWO VICI grant (€1.5million) to study olfactory language and cognition across diverse cultures. Her work has been recognised outside the scientific community too. She was named one of The Libertine 100 because “Her innovative research opens up a whole new frontier of language and ‘smell vocabulary’.”

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Perception

General

  • Asifa Majid, Patricia Manko, & Josje de Valk (2017). Language of the senses. In Sanne Dekker  (Ed.) Scientific breakthroughs in the classroom! p.40-76. Science Education Hub Radboud University, Nijmegen. Full textLink to source | Supplementary materials
  • Asifa Majid, Patricia Manko, & Josje de Valk (2017). Taal der zintuigen. Sanne Dekker & Jan van Baren-Nawrocka (eds.) Wetenschappelijke doorbraken de klas in! p.128-166. Wetenschapsknooppunt Radboud Universiteit, Nijmegen. Link to source | Supplementary materials
  • Speed, L. J. & Majid, A. (in press). Dutch modality exclusivity norms: Simulating perceptual modality in space. Behavior Research Methods. Link to source
  • Putten, S. van, San Roque, L. & Majid, A. (2016). Taal en de zintuigen. MeerTaal, 4 (1), 10-13. Full text (pdf)
  • San Roque, L., Kendrick, K. H., Norcliffe, E., Brown, P., Defina, R., Dingemanse, M., Dirksmeyer, T., Enfield, N. J., Floyd, S., Hammond, J., Rossi, G., Tufvesson, S., Van Putten, S., & Majid, A.(2015). Vision verbs dominate in conversation across cultures, but the ranking of non-visual verbs varies.Cognitive Linguistics, 26, 31-60. Link to source | Full text (PDF)
  • Levinson, S. C., & Majid, A. (2014). Differential ineffability and the senses. Mind & Language, 29, 407-427. Link to source | Full text (PDF)
  • Van Leeuwen, T. M., Dingemanse, M., Todil, B., Agameya, A., & Majid, A.(2015).Nonrandom associations of graphemes with colors in Arabic. Multisensory Research. Advance online publication. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Majid, A. (2013). Making semantics and pragmatics “sensory”. Journal of Pragmatics, 58, 48-51. Link to source | Full text (PDF)
  • Majid, A., & Levinson, S. C. (2008). Language does provide support for basic tastes [Commentary on A study of the science of taste: On the origins and influence of the core ideas by Robert P. Erickson]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31, 86-87. Link to source | Full text (PDF)
  • Majid, A., & Levinson, S. C. (2011). The senses in language and culture. The Senses & Society, 6(1), 5-18. Link to source | Full text (PDF)
  • Majid, A., & Levinson, S. C. (Eds.). (2011). The senses in language and culture [Special Issue]. The Senses & Society, 6(1).
  • Dingemanse, M., & Majid, A. (2012). The semantic structure of sensory vocabulary in an African language. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R. P. Cooper (Eds.), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2012) (pp. 300-305). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. Full text (PDF)

Smell

  • Majid, A., Speed, L. J., Croijmans, I., & Arshamian, A. (2017). What makes a better smeller? Perception, 46, 406-430. Link to source
  • O’Meara, C. and Majid, A. (2016). How Changing Lifestyles Impact Seri Smellscapes and Smell Language. Anthropological Linguistics 58(2): 107-131. Link to source 
  • De Valk, J. M., Wnuk, E., Huisman, J. L., & Majid, A. (2016). Odor–color associations differ with verbal descriptors for odors: A comparison of three linguistically diverse groups. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 1-9. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Majid, A. (2016). What other cultures can tell us about the sense of smell. In Museum Tinguely (Ed.), Belle haleine – the scent of art: interdisciplinary symposium (pp. 72-77). Heidelberg: Kehrer.
  • Speed, L., &  Majid, A. (2016). Grammatical gender affects odor cognition. In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, & J. Trueswell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2016) (pp. 1451-1456). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Croijmans, I., & Majid, A. (2016). Language does not explain the wine-specific memory advantage of wine experts. In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, & J. Trueswell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2016) (pp. 141-146). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. Link to sourceFull text (pdf)
  • Croijmans, I., & Majid, A. (2016). Not all flavor expertise is equal: The language of wine and coffee experts. PLoS One, 11(6): e0155845. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0155845. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Hendricks, I., Lefever, E., Croijmans, I., Majid, A., & Van den Bosch, A. (2016). Very quaffable and great fun: Applying NLP to wine reviews. In Proceedings of the 54th Annual Meeting on Association for Computational Linguistics. Association for Computational Linguistics. Full text (pdf)
  • Majid, A.(2015). Cultural factors shape olfactory language. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. Advance online publication. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Croijmans, I., & Majid, A.(2015). Odor naming is difficult, even for wine and coffee experts. In D. C. Noelle, R. Dale, A. S. Warlaumont, J. Yoshimi, T. Matlock, C. D. Jennings, & P. P. Maglio (), Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2015) (pp. 483-488). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. Link to source | Fulltext (PDF)
  • Wnuk, E., & Majid, A. (2014). Revisiting the limits of language: The odor lexicon of Maniq. Cognition, 131, 125-138. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Majid, A., & Burenhult, N. (2014). Odors are expressible in language, as long as you speak the right language. Cognition, 130(2), 266-270. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Majid, A. (2013). Olfactory language and cognition. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2013) (pp. 68). Austin,TX: Cognitive Science Society. Link to source
  • Wnuk, E., & Majid, A. (2012). Olfaction in a hunter-gatherer society: Insights from language and culture. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R. P. Cooper (Eds.),Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2012) (pp. 1155-1160). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. Full text (pdf)
  • Burenhult, N., & Majid, A. (2011). Olfaction in Aslian ideology and language.The Senses & Society, 6(1), 19-29. Link to source | Full text (pdf)

Sound

  • Dolscheid, S., Hunnius, S., & Majid, A.(2015). When high pitches sound low: Children’s acquisition of space-pitch metaphors. In D. C. Noelle, R. Dale, A. S. Warlaumont, J. Yoshimi, T. Matlock, C. D. Jennings, & P. P. Maglio (),Proceedings of the 37th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2015) (pp. 584-598). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Dolscheid, S., Shayan, S., Majid, A., & Casasanto, D. (2013). The thickness of musical pitch: Psychophysical evidence for linguistic relativity. Psychological Science, 24, 613-621. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Dolscheid, S., Hunnius, S., Casasanto, D., & Majid, A. (2012). The sound of thickness: Prelinguistic infants’ associations of space and pitch. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R. P. Cooper (Eds.), Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2012) (pp. 306-311). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. more >
  • Dolscheid, S., Shayan, S., Ozturk, O., Majid, A., & Casasanto, D. (2010).Language shapes mental representations of musical pitch: Implications for metaphorical language processing [Abstract]. In Proceedings of the 16th Annual Conference on Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing [AMLaP 2010] (pp. 137). York: University of York. more >
  • Dolscheid, S., Shayan, S., Majid, A., & Casasanto, D. (2011). The thickness of musical pitch: Psychophysical evidence for the Whorfian hypothesis. In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 537-542). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. more >
  • Dolscheid, S., Hunnius, S., Casasanto, D., & Majid, A. (2014). Prelinguistic infants are sensitive to space-pitch associations found across cultures.Psychological Science, 25(6), 1256-1261. more >
  • Shayan, S., Ozturk, O., Bowerman, M., & Majid, A. (2014). Spatial metaphor in language can promote the development of cross-modal mappings in children.Developmental Science, 17(4), 636-643. more >

Colour

  • Ozturk, O., Shayan, S., Liszkowski, U., & Majid, A. (2013). Language is not necessary for color categories. Developmental Science, 16, 111-115. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Mitterer, H., Horschig, J. M., Müsseler, J., & Majid, A. (2009). The influence of memory on perception: It’s not what things look like, it’s what you call them.Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 35(6), 1557-1562. more >

General

  • Majid, A. (2016). The content of minds: Asifa Majid talks to Jon Sutton about language and thought. The psychologist, 29, 554-556. Full text (pdf)
  • Speed, L., Chen, J., Huettig, F., & Majid, A. (2016). Do classifier categories affect or reflect object concepts? In A. Papafragou, D. Grodner, D. Mirman, & J. Trueswell (Eds.), Proceedings of the 38th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2016) (pp. 2267-2272). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Majid, A. (2015). Comparing lexicons cross-linguistically. In J. R. Taylor (Ed.),The Oxford Handbook of the Word (pp. 364-379). Oxford: Oxford University Press. Link to source | Preprint
  • Malt, B. C., Gennari, S., Imai, M., Ameel, E., Saji, N., & Majid, A. (2015). Where are the concepts? What words can and can’t reveal. In E. Margolis, & S. Laurence (Eds.), The conceptual Mind: New directions in the study of concepts. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Majid, A. (2013). Psycholinguistics. In J. L. Jackson (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies Online: Anthropology. Oxford: Oxford University Press. Link to source
  • Malt, B., & Majid, A. (2013). How thought is mapped into words. WIREs: Cognitive Science, 4, 583-597. Link to source | Fulltext (PDF)
  • Huettig, F., Chen, J., Bowerman, M., & Majid, A. (2010). Do language-specific categories shape conceptual processing? Mandarin classifier distinctions influence eye gaze behavior, but only during linguistic processing. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 10(1/2), 39-58. Link to source | Fulltext (PDF)
  • Majid, A., & Levinson, S. C. (2010). WEIRD languages have misled us, too [Comment on Henrich et al.]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 33(2-3), 103. Link to source | Fulltext (PDF)
  • Levinson, S. C., & Majid, A. (2009). The role of language in mind. In S. Nolen-Hoeksema, B. Fredrickson, G. Loftus, & W. Wagenaar (Eds.), Atkinson and Hilgard’s introduction to psychology (15th ed., pp. 352). London: Cengage learning. Fulltext (PDF)
  • Majid, A., & Huettig, F. (2008). A crosslinguistic perspective on semantic cognition [commentary on Precis of Semantic cognition: A parallel distributed approach by Timothy T. Rogers and James L. McClelland]. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31(6), 720-721. Link to source | Fulltext (PDF)
  • Majid, A. (2008). Conceptual maps using multivariate statistics: Building bridges between typological linguistics and psychology [Commentary on Inferring universals from grammatical variation: Multidimensional scaling for typological analysis by William Croft and Keith T. Poole]. Theoretical Linguistics, 34(1), 59-66. Link to source | Fulltext (PDF)

Evolution of Semantic Systems

  • Majid, A., Jordan, F., & Dunn, M. (2015). Semantic systems in closely related languages. Language Sciences, 49, 1-18. Link to source | Fulltext (PDF)
  • Majid, A., Jordan, F., & Dunn, M. (Eds.). (2015). Semantic systems in closely related languages [Special Issue]. Language Sciences, 49.

Emotion

  • Roberson, D., Kikutani, M., Döge, P., Whitaker, L., & Majid, A. (2012). Shades of emotion: What the addition of sunglasses or masks to faces reveals about the development of facial expression processing. Cognition, 125, 195-206. more >
  • Majid, A. (2012). Current emotion research in the language sciences. Emotion Review, 4, 432-443. more >
  • Majid, A. (2012). The role of language in a science of emotion [Comment].Emotion review, 4, 380-381. more >

Body

  • Majid, A., & Van Staden, M.(2015). Can nomenclature for the body be explained by embodiment theories? Topics in Cognitive Science, 7(4), 570-594. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Majid, A. (2010). Words for parts of the body. In B. C. Malt, & P. Wolff (Eds.),Words and the Mind: How words capture human experience (pp. 58-71). New York: Oxford University Press. more >
  • De Vignemont, F., Majid, A., Jola, C., & Haggard, P. (2009). Segmenting the body into parts: Evidence from biases in tactile perception. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 62, 500-512. more >
  • Van Staden, M., & Majid, A. (2006). Body colouring task. Language Sciences,28(2-3), 158-161. more >
  • Majid, A., Enfield, N. J., & Van Staden, M. (Eds.). (2006). Parts of the body: Cross-linguistic categorisation [Special Issue]. Language Sciences, 28(2-3). Full text (pdf)
  • Enfield, N. J., Majid, A., & Van Staden, M. (2006). Cross-linguistic categorisation of the body: Introduction. Language Sciences, 28(2-3), 137-147. more >
  • Majid, A. (2006). Body part categorisation in Punjabi. Language Sciences,28(2-3), 241-261. more >

Event representation

Cut and break

  • Majid, A., Boster, J. S., & Bowerman, M. (2008). The cross-linguistic categorization of everyday events: A study of cutting and breaking. Cognition,109(2), 235-250. more >
  • Majid, A., & Bowerman, M. (Eds.). (2007). Cutting and breaking events: A crosslinguistic perspective [Special Issue]. Cognitive Linguistics, 18(2). more >
  • Majid, A., Bowerman, M., Van Staden, M., & Boster, J. S. (2007). The semantic categories of cutting and breaking events: A crosslinguistic perspective.Cognitive Linguistics, 18(2), 133-152. more >
  • Majid, A., Gullberg, M., Van Staden, M., & Bowerman, M. (2007). How similar are semantic categories in closely related languages? A comparison of cutting and breaking in four Germanic languages. Cognitive Linguistics, 18(2), 179-194. more >
  • Majid, A., Van Staden, M., Boster, J. S., & Bowerman, M. (2004). Event categorization: A cross-linguistic perspective. In K. Forbus, D. Gentner, & T. Tegier (Eds.), Proceedings of the 26th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 885-890). Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum. more >

Reciprocals

  • Majid, A., Evans, N., Gaby, A., & Levinson, S. C. (2011). The grammar of exchange: A comparative study of reciprocal constructions across languages. Frontiers in Psychology, 2: 34, pp. 34. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Evans, N., Levinson, S. C., Gaby, A., & Majid, A. (2011). Introduction: Reciprocals and semantic typology. In N. Evans, A. Gaby, S. C. Levinson, & A. Majid (Eds.), Reciprocals and semantic typology (pp. 1-28). Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • Majid, A., Evans, N., Gaby, A., & Levinson, S. C. (2011). The semantics of reciprocal constructions across languages: An extensional approach. In N. Evans, A. Gaby, S. C. Levinson, & A. Majid (Eds.), Reciprocals and semantic typology (pp. 29-60). Amsterdam: Benjamins. more >
  • Evans, N., Gaby, A., Levinson, S. C., & Majid, A. (Eds.). (2011). Reciprocals and semantic typology. Amsterdam: Benjamins.

Placement

  • Narasimhan, B., Kopecka, A., Bowerman, M., Gullberg, M., & Majid, A. (2012).Putting and taking events: A crosslinguistic perspective. In A. Kopecka, & B. Narasimhan (Eds.), Events of putting and taking: A crosslinguistic perspective(pp. 1-18). Amsterdam: Benjamins.
  • Defina, R., & Majid, A. (2012). Conceptual event units of putting and taking in two unrelated languages. In N. Miyake, D. Peebles, & R. Cooper (Eds.),Proceedings of the 34th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2012) (pp. 1470-1475). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. Full text (pdf)

Locomotion

  • Slobin, D. I., Ibarretxe-Antuñano, I., Kopecka, A., & Majid, A. (2014). Manners of human gait: A crosslinguistic event-naming study. Cognitive Linguistics, 25, 701-741. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Malt, B. C., Ameel, E., Imai, M., Gennari, S., Saji, N., & Majid, A. (2014).Human locomotion in languages: Constraints on moving and meaning. Journal of Memory and Language, 74, 107-123. Link to source
  • Malt, B. C., Gennari, S., Imai, M., Ameel, E., Tsuda, N., & Majid, A. (2008).Talking about walking: Biomechanics and the language of locomotion. Psychological Science, 19(3), 232-240. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Malt, B. C., Ameel, E., Gennari, S., Imai, M., Saji, N., & Majid, A. (2011). Do words reveal concepts? In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.),Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society(pp. 519-524). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. Full text (pdf)

Field work methods

  • Speed, L. J., Wnuk, E., & Majid, A. (in press). Studying psycholinguistics out of the lab. In A. De Groot, & P. Hagoort (Eds.), Research Methods in Psycholinguistics. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Majid, A. (2012). A guide to stimulus-based elicitation for semantic categories. In N. Thieberger (Ed.), The Oxford handbook of linguistic fieldwork (pp. 54-71). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Kendrick, K. H., & Majid, A. (Eds.). (2011). Field manual volume 14. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Full text (pdf)
  • Majid, A. (Ed.). (2009). Field manual volume 12. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Link to source
  • Majid, A. (Ed.). (2008). Field manual volume 11. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Link to source 
  • Majid, A. (Ed.). (2007). Field manual volume 10. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Link to source
  • Majid, A. (Ed.). (2004). Field manual volume 9. Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. Link to source 

Space

  • Khetarpal, N., Neveu, G., Majid, A., Michael, L., & Regier, T. (2013). Spatial terms across languages support near-optimal communication: Evidence from Peruvian Amazonia, and computational analyses. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.), Proceedings of the 35th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 764-769). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Regier, T., Khetarpal, N., & Majid, A. (2013). Inferring semantic maps.Linguistic Typology, 17, 89-105. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Regier, T., Khetarpal, N., & Majid, A. (2011). Inferring conceptual structure from cross-language data. In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.),Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society(pp. 1488). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. Full text (pdf)
  • Carstensen, A., Khetarpal, N., Majid, A., & Regier, T. (2011). Universals and variation in spatial language and cognition: Evidence from Chichewa. In L. Carlson, C. Hölscher, & T. Shipley (Eds.), Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2315). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. Full text (pdf)
  • Khetarpal, N., Majid, A., Malt, B. C., Sloman, S., & Regier, T. (2010). Similarity judgments reflect both language and cross-language tendencies: Evidence from two semantic domains. In S. Ohlsson, & R. Catrambone (Eds.),Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society(pp. 358-363). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. Full text (pdf)
  • Khetarpal, N., Majid, A., & Regier, T. (2009). Spatial terms reflect near-optimal spatial categories. In N. Taatgen, & H. Van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the Thirty-First Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2396-2401). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society. Full text (pdf)
  • Majid, A., Bowerman, M., Kita, S., Haun, D. B. M., & Levinson, S. C. (2004). Can language restructure cognition? The case for space. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 8(3), 108-114. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Majid, A. (2002). Frames of reference and language concepts. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 6(12), 503-504. Link to source | Full text (pdf)

 Time and space

  • Levinson, S. C., & Majid, A. (2013). The island of time: Yélî Dnye, the language of Rossel Island. Frontiers in Psychology, 4: 61. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Majid, A., Gaby, A., & Boroditsky, L. (2013). Time in terms of space. Frontiers in Psychology, 4: 554. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Hömke, P., Majid, A., & Boroditsky, L. (2013). Reversing the direction of time: Does the visibility of spatial representations of time shape temporal focus? Proceedings of the Master’s Program Cognitive Neuroscience, 8(1), 40-54. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Majid, A., Boroditsky, L., & Gaby, A. (Eds.). (2012). Time in terms of space [Research topic] [Special Issue]. Frontiers in cultural psychology. Link to source

 Discourse and conversation

  • Majid, A., Sanford, A. J., & Pickering, M. J. (2007). The linguistic description of minimal social scenarios affects the extent of causal inference making. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 43(6), 918-932. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Pickering, M. J., & Majid, A. (2007). What are implicit causality and consequentiality? Language and Cognitive Processes, 22(5), 780-788. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Majid, A., Sanford, A. J., & Pickering, M. J. (2006). Covariation and quantifier polarity: What determines causal attribution in vignettes? Cognition, 99(1), 35-51. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Van Gompel, R. P., & Majid, A. (2003). Antecedent frequency effects during the processing of pronouns. Cognition, 90(3), 255-264. Link to source | Full text (pdf)
  • Stivers, T., & Majid, A. (2007). Questioning children: Interactional evidence of implicit bias in medical interviews. Social Psychology Quarterly, 70(4), 424-441. Full text (pdf)

Academic Positions

2012-present Professor of Language, Communication and Cultural Cognition, Center for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen
2012-present Affiliated Principal Investigator, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
2010-present Affiliated Principal Investigator, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
2011-2012 Senior Investigator, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
2004-2010 Scientific Staff member, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
2001-2003 Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
2000-2001 University lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Glasgow

 

University Education

1997-2001 PhD, University of Glasgow, Psychology
1996-1997 MSc, University of Edinburgh, Cognitive Science and Natural Language
1992-1996 MA (Hons) First Class, University of Glasgow, Psychology with Philosophy

 

Visiting scholar

Sept-Dec 2012 Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala
Aug 2005 Teacher’s College, Columbia University, New York
Aug 2002 Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin
Oct-Dec 2001 Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
Sept 2001 University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
March-Sept 1999 University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Nov 1998 University of Provence, France

 

Fieldwork

2009, 2010, 2011 Jahai (Mon-Khmer), Malaysia; Malay, Malaysia
2004 Punjabi, Pakistan

 

Awards

2015 Recipient of Ammodo KNAW Award 2015 (€300,000) for fundamental research, a joint initiative of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Ammodo Foundation
2015 Recipient of the Radboud Science Award 2015, awarded for the “best, most important, and most stimulating scientific research”
2015 Co-recipient of Drongo Science Live Award 2015 for public engagement at the biggest Language Festival in the Netherlands
2014 Elected as one of the Libertine 100, “a carefully chosen community of thinkers – in our launch year, all women – with complex, beautiful and potentially world-changing ideas.”
2013 Elected member of Academia Europaea “The Academy of Europe“)

 

Grant Support (since 2000)

2016-2021 Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (approx. €1.5 million; co-PI Language as key to perceptual diversity: An interdisciplinary approach to the senses)
2013-2014 ICSSR-NWO India-Netherlands Social Science Scholar Exchanges 2013-2014 (with Bidisha Som €5,000 An ethnolinguistic account of sensory perception among the Bodos in North East India)
2013-2017 Riksbankens Jubileumsfond (approx. €250,000; named collaborator Perceptual modalities across languages and cultures in the Malay Peninsula)
2013-2017 NWO Aspasia Grant (€100,000 Cross-modal correspondences across cultures)
2013-2023 NWO Gravitation Grant (€ 27.6 million; co-PI of Language in Interaction)
2012-2017 NWO VICI Grant (€1.5 million Human olfaction at the intersection of language, culture and biology)
2010 Volkswagen Foundation’s DOBES symposia funding (co-PI)

 

Professional Activities

Scientific boards

Research networks

Editorial boards

2011-present Associate Editor for Emotion Review
2010-present Editorial board of Discourse Processes
2010-present Associate editor of Frontiers in Cultural Psychology
2010-present Review editor of Frontiers in Cognitive Science
2010-present Advisory board for publishing program in linguistics for de Gruyter and Verista publishing houses
2002-present Associate editor for the International Psychology Section, The Psychologist (Monthly Bulletin of the British Psychological Society)

Meetings organised

More than 20 meetings organised, among which:

2016 Co-organiser of Perception Metaphor Workshop Nijmegen, The Netherlands
2016 Co-organiser of workshop Exploring Indo-European semantic diversity: the Romance languages at Paris, France
2015 Organiser of Panel session What a study of smell can tell cognitive linguists at The 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Newcastle, England
2015 Organiser of Panel session The sense of smell as a novel means to explore language, culture, and biology at AAAS, San Jose, US
2015 Co-organiser of workshop Exploring the Senses Nijmegen, The Netherlands

Mentor

For junior female scientists on Minerva-FemmeNet

Reviewing

Journals Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics; Brain and Cognition; Brain and Language; British Journal of Developmental Psychology; Chemosensory Perception; Child Development; Cognition; Cognitive Linguistics; Cognitive Psychology; Cognitive Science; Cognitive Science Society; Current Anthropology; Current Biology; Current Directions in Psychological Science; Developmental Psychology; Developmental Science; Discourse Processes; Ethos; European Journal of Cognitive Psychology; Future Anterior; International Journal of Mind, Brain and Cognition; Journal of Child Language; Journal of Cognitive Psychology; Journal of Logic, Language and Information; Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition; Linguistics; Journal of Memory and Language; Language and Cognitive Processes; Language Learning; Language Sciences; Lingua; Memory & Cognition; Oceanic Linguistics; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences; Psychonomic Bulletin & Review; Psychological Science; Social Psychology Quarterly; Studies in Language; The Mental Lexicon; The Psychological Record; The Senses & Society; Topics in Cognitive Science; Transactions on Asian Language Information Processing; Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology
Conferences Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing (AMLaP); Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society; Psycholinguistics in Flanders
Publishers Cambridge University Press; Oxford University Press, Springer; MIT Press; John Benjamins; University of Toronto Press; Wiley-Blackwell
Funding agencies National Science Foundation; Research Council of K.U.Leuven, Belgium; L’Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR); 2014 Beoordelingscommissie Promoties in de Geesteswetenschappen Netherlands Scientific Organisation (NWO); Leverhulme Trust (UK)

Outreach activities

  • Editor and manager of Language & Cognition Field Manual resources which hosts materials on cross-cultural semantics and semantic typology. Available on http://fieldmanuals.mpi.nl/. More than 12,500 visitors to this site since 2010; with over 2,230 registered users, affiliations ranging from the Central Institute of Hindi in Agra to the University of Chicago, from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris to Moscow State University, and from the Research Centre for Linguistic Typology in Melbourne to the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico City.)
  • I work with teachers to engage children in science.
    I am currently collaborating with teachers from local schools to translate findings from my field into the classroom curriculum, for which I received the received the Radboud Science Award 2015.
  • I strive to disseminate my work to the general public.
    My group was recipient of the Drongo Science Live Award 2015 for public engagement at the biggest Language Festival in the Netherlands.
    We are currently collaborating with NEMO Science Centre, Amsterdam.
    I have participated in a number of events to bring science to the public (e.g., the Cheltenham festival).
  • My work is frequently featured in the press.
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