International Doctorate for
Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain

  • Katalin Tamási
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    We are extremely sensitive to small changes made to words; for example, we can distinguish 'baby' from 'vaby' with ease. This shows that we know a lot about how words are built up. However, it is still unclear when and how such knowledge arises: Are children aware of word structures before they learn to speak or, rather, they learn them as their vocabulary grows? In our research, we use pupillometry to measure how sensitive young children are to changes made to words: Are they able to appreciate the difference between correctly pronounced and slightly mispronounced words (such as 'baby' and 'vaby')? This way, we can determine what children know about words and maybe even track the emergence of such knowledge.

    Prof. dr. Barbara Höhle (University of Potsdam)
    Dr. Cristina McKean (Newcastle University)
    Prof. dr. Adamantios Gafos (University of Potsdam)

    I joined SUTD as one of the postdoctoral researchers in ‘Kyanite – Improved Cognition by Design’ in January 2017, a joint research project between the Augmented Human Lab (AHL) and the Language and Social Cognition Lab (LASC). My job is to map out cognitive capacities using a range of tasks (assessing executive functioning and robot-control performance) with a variety of methodologies that enhance behavioral measurements by acquiring continuous, real-time physiological variables (pupillary response, galvanic skin response, heart-rate variability, and EEG signature). In the future, I plan to study the cognitive and linguistic performance of bilinguals, for which Singapore provides the perfect environment.

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