Job Opening – Faculty Research Assistant to join the CASL Priming of Cultural Perspectives Research Team at the University of Maryland

13 12 2011

The University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL) is seeking a Faculty Research Assistant (FRA) to join the CASL Priming of Cultural Perspectives (PCP) research team.  The CASL PCP research team investigates dimensions of culture and their effects on social relations, work behaviors, and decision-making processes.

Duties: The FRA will contribute to a research program that assesses whether priming individuals’ cultural perspectives influences interpretation of written text, using a combination of survey measures and experimental manipulations. Tasks will include organizing meetings, assisting in the collection, organization, synthesis, and analysis of data, as well as collecting, storing, processing, and analyzing research data.  The FRA will also work with the PCP research team to develop surveys, pilot test and validate surveys, manage the team library, prepare research protocols, meet with clients, and assist in writing progress reports, briefings, and technical reports.  Duties may also include fMRI data collection and analysis.

For earliest consideration, apply online here. To read more information about this job opening, the qualifications required and the application process link here.

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Baby Brain on Language – TED Talk by Patricia Kuhl

15 02 2011

At TEDxRainier, Patricia Kuhl shares astonishing findings about how babies implicitly learn one language over another and explains what makes them the tiny linguistic geniuses they are. Babies learn by interacting with the humans around them and implicitly “taking statistics” on the sounds they need to know. And the younger they are, the more susceptible their brains are to being shaped by this information. Clever lab experiments (and brain scans) show how 6-month-old babies use sophisticated reasoning to understand their world.

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