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Eyes as the Window into the Mind – From Infants to Adulthood

University of Potsdam, Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin | Onur Özsoy, Alan Langus, Mireia Marimon

Have you ever wondered how researchers study language development?

Researchers from the BabyLab at the University of Potsdam and from RUEG at the Leibniz-Zentrum Allgemeine Sprachwissenschaft bring the lab to you! Come by and explore how an eye-tracker works and how it is used in investigating how babies and adults acquire languages. When do children understand their first words? Do you remember the first time that a child looked at an object that you called out? We can follow children’s looks and see how they learn words and grammar.

In our room you can expect exciting hands-on experiments for children and adults (10-14h and 16-18:30h). In addition, our experts will present interactive lectures (in English) on important topics such as infant research methodologies, language development milestones and multilingual education (14-16h). What are you waiting for? Fun experiments are waiting for you!

10-14h Experiments for children and adults

14-16h Talks about research with babies and raising bilingual and multilingual children

16-18:30h More experiments for children and adults


#LanguageResearch #DevelopmentalPsychology #Laboratory #MeetTheScientist #Eyetracking



This is an in-person event. Free entrance, just come by. The room is on the ground floor with a ramp – good accessibility.

About the Venue
Humboldt-Universität Berlin, Dorotheenstraße
Dorotheenstr. 24, Room 3.308
Berlin, Berlin 10117 Germany

Onur Özsoy is a doctoral researcher in the DFG project Research Unit “Emerging Grammars in Language-Contact Situations: A Comparative View” (RUEG) / Project 10 Dynamics of verbal aspect and (pro)nominal reference in language contact. His research focuses on language production, language processing, language acquisition, (morpho-)syntax, multilingualism and heritage languages. In the framework of RUEG’s project 10, Onur Özsoy specializes on heritage Turkish in Germany and the United States. He explores the underlying dynamics of aspect and (pro-)nominal reference in heritage languages. Twitter: @_Onurunki

Dr. Alan Langus is a cognitive scientist at the University of Potsdam who works at the intersection of cognition, language and development. He is currently primarily involved in two lines of research. The first looks at how word learning interacts with young infants’ ability to reason about the objects that surround them. The second line looks at how adults’ and infants’ pupils synchronize to temporal regularities in spoken language and what we may learn about language acquisition by tracking synchronized pupillary changes. Twitter: @AlanLangus

Dr. Mireia Marimon is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Potsdam, Cognitive Sciences, working in early language acquisition. Her research focuses on how babies perceive language, how they start to learn new words and how these relate to later language development. She also coordinates the Kinder Schaffen Wissen outreach and dissemination team. Twitter: @mireia__marimon

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