TEDx Talk: Language -our goggles onto reality

I recently gave a TEDx talk at the International School of The Hague. I promoted ideas coming from research done by colleagues as well as my own. The idea that language is much more to us than just a way of speaking, rather, it changes the way we see the world. Check out the talk here: https://youtu.be/XHG6Ojy4w7k

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Words jump-start vision

In a recent paper with colleague Gary Lupyan, I show that words are capable of making our brain visual system go PING! I wrote a companion blog post explaining what we found out and how that relates to brain function in general. You should go check it out!

Check it out! 


About me


I am currently working as a post-doc in the Leiden Centre for Research in Linguistics and the Leiden Centre for Brain and Cognition. Along with being a bit of a psychology/brain geek, I love to act, sing dance and being on stage as well as kayaking and rock-climbing. I also like to take pictures when I’m not too busy.


My research interests range over the following areas: psycholinguistics • neurolinguistics • bilingualism • language acquisition • semantics • philosophy of language. I am particularly interested with how and the extent to which language relates with other cognitive mechanisms and issues such as the relation between language and thought; what thought is made of; the extent to which language is innate; where and how language is represented in the minds of monolinguals and bilinguals. You can find out more on my research page.

© Juliën van Eck

© Juliën van Eck

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Pick my brain!

You should follow me on twitter here.

I’m open to suggestions and happy to talk about anything (pretty much) so don’t hesitate and pick my brain!

Pick my brain!