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A new European network crosses the boundaries for excellence in language and perception research
Date:11/14/2012

LanPercept, a new Marie Curie Initial Training Network funded through the 7th EU Framework Programme, will develop cutting edge techniques to understand vision-language mapping across the life-span in typically and atypically developing populations. New tools and training software will be tested to help disabled and elderly people negotiate the translation between vision and language.

The network will train 11 PhD researchers and 4 postdoctoral researchers across 8 leading academic and 7 industrial and private sector partners in Europe. The project starts in January 2013 and lasts for four years.

Targeting marginalization of people with disabilities and the aging population

The network brings together professionals from psychology, neuroscience and linguistics in an attempt to identify behavioral and brain mechanisms that are involved in mapping visual information and language in everyday situations. The knowledge gained will be used to develop innovative testing and training tools and software for clinical work with elderly people suffering from dementia and people with autism spectrum disorders, deafness and reading disabilities.

LanPercept will provide new tools for practitioners in educational and health institutions and in this way targets the marginalization of persons with disabilities and aging individuals, which is one of the major challenges in the current-day European society. In order to take innovative steps in the development of new tools in tackling this problem, a close collaboration of professionals from different fields is crucial. This was also identified by the coordinator of the network, Professor Mila Vulchanova from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology:

"The current network is unique in bridging together basic research and clinical research (which is still rare), with a strong focus on methodology and advanced techniques for studying language and perception. This is a must
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Contact: Pirita Pyykknen-Klauck
pirita@uni-sb.de
49-681-302-6557
Saarland University
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