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Open internship post: The role of co-speech gesture in language prediction”

Language prediction has been a central theme in the cognitive and language sciences for many years now. In natural, face-to-face language settings, spoken language is always accompanied by manual gestures, and we know that these gestures carry a considerable amount of semantic information. However, the role these co-speech gestures may play in the process of spoken language prediction is still unknown.

We have now begun to investigate this issue and are offering an internship/Masters thesis place within this project. The tasks would involve finalization of multimodal stimuli, stimulus recording, stimulus pre-testing (incl web-based techniques), programming and running a behavioural study, and possibly an EEG study.

We consider students who are interested in completing their Masters thesis (or a regular internship) on this topic, as well as students who would be interested in gathering experience in just the stimulus preparation, or just the behavioural (and EEG) study. Recruitment will be closed as soon as a suitable candidate has been found.

By interning on this project, you will be part of the research community at the MPI, you will have regular meetings with the two PIs (Florian Hintz and Judith Holler) and you’ll be able to join lab meetings organized by the relevant departments (Psychology of Language and Neurobiology of Language departments).

Ps: Please note that, as usual, the internship/Masters thesis places are unpaid. However, students will be provided with a desk as well as computing facilities and access to experimental facilities.

In order to apply, or in case you have further questions, please contact us:

Florian Hintz  (, Psychology of Language Department

Judith Holler (,  Language & Cognition Department MPI & DCCN, Radboud University.


Last checked 2018-02-15 by Judith Holler
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