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VR lab

We are building a state of the art immersive Virtual Reality (VR) laboratory. Traditionally, psycholinguistic experiments have placed participants in an impoverished environment, where they interact with single words or sentences on a computer screen. Yet, language in the real world is more than words. Listeners rely on cues from their physical and social environments to make sense of what they hear. Speakers mobilize their bodies and physical objects in concert with their linguistic resources to communicate their thoughts. In the virtual realm, we can simulate some of this rich context, to study how language processing is shaped by our interactions with the physical and social world.

 

See news item on VR lab opening (January 10, 2010)

Last checked 2010-01-13 by Daniel Casasanto
About MPI

This is the MPI

The Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics is an institute of the German Max Planck Society. Our mission is to undertake basic research into the psychological,social and biological foundations of language. The goal is to understand how our minds and brains process language, how language interacts with other aspects of mind, and how we can learn languages of quite different types.

The institute is situated on the campus of the Radboud University. We participate in the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, and have particularly close ties to that institute's Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging. We also participate in the Centre for Language Studies. A joint graduate school, the IMPRS in Language Sciences, links the Donders Institute, the CLS and the MPI.

 

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