We are offering two 3-year positions for PhD students at the Department of Psychology, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Germany, within the Emmy-Noether project “What’s in a name?”, funded by the German Research Foundation.
The aim of this project is to examine our name choices for (new) objects or concepts we encounter – why do we pick certain names instead of others, and what are the consequences of these choices? That is, we want to understand the relation between (supposedly arbitrary) words and (our mental representations of) the described concepts. This question will be investigated from a computational as well as cognitive perspective, combining methods and approaches from computational linguistics/NLP, cognitive science, and experimental (social) psychology.
Successful applicants will have a strong background in computational linguistics/NLP and genuine interest in cognitive science, or a strong background in cognitive science/psychology and solid base of computational skills.