Studying the acquisition, understanding and production of language.
A mature language user has a vocabulary of about thirty to forty thousand words. Speech is produced at a speed of three to five words per second. How is it possible that, in such an amazingly short period of time, you can select the correct words, put them in the correct order and grammatical form, and pronounce them intelligibly? The acquisition and comprehension of language are based on extremely complex cognitive processes which are not yet entirely understood. It’s these processes, and their biological underpinnings, that form psycholinguistics’ field of study and are the basis of this specialisation.
A large majority of our graduates gain a PhD position, while other graduates find jobs in the commercial sector or at research institutes. Graduates of this specialisation can find a position with one of the psycholinguistic research institutes, a government institution or for example, in the care sector (rehabilitation centres) or in education (language disorders).
Why study Language and Communication at Radboud University?
- Linguistics, cognitive psychology and neuroscience play a significant role in psycholinguistics. These sciences feature prominently in Nijmegen. Hundreds of scientists from various faculties and top institutes have joined forces on the Radboud University campus to unravel the workings of the human brain. They thereby work together very closely, exchange expertise and share state-of-the-art research equipment.
- This specialisation also works closely with Radboud University’s Centre for Language Studies (CLS) and the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics (MPI), also housed on the Radboud University campus.
- And the advantages of the Master’s programme in Cognitive Neuroscience in general.