Workshop on Individual Differences in Language Skills

To be held on 6-7 June 2017 at Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Description and aim

Biq Question 4 is organizing a workshop on individual differences in language skills.

One of the aims of BQ4 is to develop a test battery assessing language and general cognitive skills in young adults (18 to 35 years). This battery should be comprehensive, easy to administer and theoretically well-grounded. The main aim of the workshop 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.

In general, the workshop will consist of oral presentations to all workshop attendees as well as focused discussion groups among experts working on/interested in a particular topic. We very much hope that the workshop will lead to new insights into the nature of cognition (with respect to language but also more broadly) and especially with respect to individual differences in cognitive abilities.


Florian Hintz, Suzanne Jongman, James McQueen and Antje Meyer


Prelimenary Programme

We hope to have finalized the workshop program by the end of April. Four invited speakers have already confirmed their attendance:

Fernanda Ferreira, specialist in psycholinguistics, in particular sentence processing (UC Davis, USA)

Akira Miyake, specialist in working memory and executive function (University of Colorado at Boulder, USA)

Frederick Verbruggen, specialist in executive control (University of Exeter, UK)

Sascha Schroeder, specialist in human development, in particular written language acquisition and vocabulary (Max Planck Institute for Human Development, GER)


Contact and Location

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Florian Hintz
Phone: +31-24-3521335

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Max Planck Institute for Psycholinquistics
Wundtlaan 1;
6525 XD, Nijmegen
The Netherlands


This workshop is supported by funding from the Language in Interaction Consortium.