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Majid appointed Professor of Language, Communication, and Cultural Cognition
September 4, 2012
Why is language good at describing some aspects of the world (e.g. the spatial relationships between objects) but limited in describing others (e.g. faces such that we can identify them)? This is one of the central questions of Majid's research, which investigates the nature of categories and concepts in language, in non-linguistic perception and cognition, and the relationship between them, she says on her personal pages.
Majid studied psychology with philosophy at the University of Glasgow from 1992 to 1996. In 1997 she received her Master's in Cognitive Science and Natural Language at the University of Edinburgh. She then became a researcher at the University of Glasgow, where she defended her PhD in 2001.
She was a visiting scholar at the Universities of Massachusetts, Western Ontario, Columbia New York and the Max Planck Institutes of Berlin and Nijmegen. Since 2001, she works at the MPI for Psycholinguistics, first as Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow but since 2004 as scientific staff member and later senior investigator. Since 2010, she is Research Fellow at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour. She conducted fieldwork in Malaysia and Pakistan.
Majid is also an Invited Fellow to the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study. She will be spending the autumn semester in Uppsala and will be back in Nijmegen mid-December.
Also see MPI's news item about Majid's Vici Grant.