Testing Individual Differences in Language and other Cognitive Abilities

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

Description and aim

Biq Question 4 organized 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.

Organizers

Florian Hintz, Suzanne Jongman, James McQueen and Antje Meyer

Assistants: Marjolijn Dijkhuis and Monique de Nijs

Programme

Tuesday 6 June 2017    
9:00-9:45
Antje Meyer (MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, NL) Opening & Overview
9:45-10:45
Sascha Schroeder (MPI for Human Development, Berlin, GER) Interindividual Differences in Vocabulary Knowledge: Determinants and Consequences
10:45-11:15
  Coffee & Tea Break
11:15-12:15
Lars Meyer (MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, GER) The Working Memory of Language: Useful Concepts and Distinctions
12:15-13:30
  Lunch Break
13:30-14:30
Frederick Verbruggen (University of Exeter, Exeter, UK) Banishing the Control Homunculi in Studies of Action Control
14:40-15:40
Fernanda Ferreira (University of California, Davis, Davis, US) Relationships between Performance on Language Processing Tasks and Measures of Cognitive Ability
15:40-16:00
  Coffee & Tea Break
16:00-17:00
Alexis Hervais-Adelman (MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, NL) The Intersection of Multilingualism and Cognitive Control: Circumstantial Evidence from Brain Functional Imaging of Simultaneous Interpreting and Structural Imaging of Polyglots
17:00-17:30
  Summary and Discussion of Day1
19:00-
  Workshop dinner
     
Wednesday 7 June 2017    
9:30-10:30
Akira Miyake (Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, US) The Unity and Diversity of Executive Functions: Implications for Individual Differences in Language Processing
10:30 -11:00
  Coffee & Tea Break
11:00-12:00
Ardi Roelofs (Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL) Attention for Speaking: Insights from Individual Differences
12:00-13:30
  Lunch Break
13:30-14:30
Esther Janse (Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL) Predictors of Speech Comprehension and Auditory Perceptual Learning
14:30-15:00
  Coffee & Tea Break
15:00-16:00
Roel Willems (Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University, Nijmegen, NL) The Relationship between Reading Fiction and Mentalizing Abilities
16:10-17:00
  General Discussion Led by James McQueen

Download the detailed program here.

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

Acknowledgements

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