BQ4 - News

October 2017: Technical support for BQ4

On October 15, Olha Shkaravska joined the BQ4 team. Olha is based at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, where she has previously worked between 2012 and 2015 as software developer on various projects. Between 2015 and her current post, she was a software developer at the Meertens Institute in Amsterdam. Olha studied Cybernetics at the University of Kiev  and - as a BQ4-staff member - will be responsible for implementing the Language in Interaction test battery. Specifically, she will be developing web and mobile applications, that allow running the test battery in school or home environments.

October 2017: Kennislink interview on our test battery development (in Dutch)

Erica Renckens from Kennislink wrote a nice feature on the Big Question 4 projecct, mentioning our first, ongoing pilot study on the role of processing speed in language processing. Read

May 2017: Workshop on individual differences

BQ4 will host a workshop whose main aim is to bring together language researchers and experts working on general cognitive abilities such as working memory, executive function and processing speed for an interdisciplinary discussion of the general architecture of the cognitive system.

The workshop will take place at the Max Planck Institute on 6-7 June 2017. More information and the workshop program can be found here.

May 2017: Assistant support

The BQ4 staff keeps growing: On April 1st Monique de Nijs (left) started as a student assistant and on May 15th Marjolijn Dijkhuis (center) started as a full-time research assistant. On June 15th Vera van 't Hoff (right) will join the team, also as a full-time research assistant. All assistants are based at the Max Planck Institute and will support the project by collecting participant data and contributing to the test development.

January 2017: Florian Hintz started as postdoc on BQ4

On the first of January Florian Hintz, based at the Max Planck Institute, started as a postdoc on the Big Question 4 project. He will be mostly concerned with developing and piloting language and other cognitive tests, which will form the test battery as summarized in the description of Strand A. Florian has carried out his PhD work on predictive language processing at the Max Planck Institute and then did a postdoc on language comprehension under adverse conditions at the Center for Language Studies at Radboud University. In his experimental work, he has used behavioral, eye-tracking and electrophysiological techniques, as well as ‘individual differences approaches’.