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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 context of everyday language use.

One line of my research is focused on understanding how conversational and linguistic skills co-develop during language development in order to better understand how children become active agents in their own language learning.

Another line of research explores early communicative development across multiple cultures to investigate how children's early language experience influences their communicative development in two indigenous communities (Papua New Guinean and Tseltal Mayan).

I received my PhD in Linguistics from Stanford University in 2013. I was a postdoctoral researcher in the Max Planck Institute's Language and Cognition department from 2013 to mid-2016, and then worked in the Meaning, Culture, and Cognition group at Radboud University in the latter half of 2016. In 2017 I began my NWO-funded project "Early language experience and later language development: A cross-cultural perspective", which is hosted in the institute's Language Development department.

Function: Research Staff
Member of: Language Development Department
Last checked 2018-11-11

Marisa Casillas

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