The overarching goal of the research carried out at the HULC lab lies in understanding the interrelation between language and cognition. We are particularly interested in the role of the specific linguistic system, with a special focus on the role of grammar, in cognitive processing. Our approach is crosslinguistic, including native speakers of a variety of typologically diverse languages as well as bilingual speakers and first and second language learners.
In order to study language effects on cognitive processing we look at language in use (production and comprehension), visual attention, memory and neural correlates. We test our hypotheses using traditional linguistic methods and experimental psycholinguistic methods such as eye tracking, chronometry, MEG and EEG.
Languages currently under investigation are German, English, Dutch, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Georgian, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic (MS, Algerian, Moroccan).