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Marisa Casillas

Broadly speaking, I am interested in exploring how cognitive and social processes shape the ways in which we learn, perceive, and produce language. My primary research examines the relationship between communicative skills and linguistic processing in children and adults. I use a combination of experimental- and observation-based methods to investigate these processes in the most natural settings possible.

One of my goals is to understand how communicative and linguistic skills co-develop during language acquisition so that we can better understand how children become active agents in their own language learning.

I have also recently begun to study early communicative development across multiple cultures to investigate how children's early interactive experience influences their communicative development in two indigenous communities (Papua New Guinean and Tzeltal Mayan).

I received my PhD in Linguistics from Stanford University in 2013, was a postdoctoral researcher in the Max Planck Institute's Language and Cognition group from 2013-2016, and then briefly worked in the Meaning, Culture, and Cognition group at Radboud University before starting my own NWO-funded grant in January 2017 in the MPI's new Language Development Department.

Function: Research Staff
Member of: Language Development Department
Last checked 2017-01-30

Marisa Casillas

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
PO Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands