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

for the European researcher for the future."

In addition to helping people with vision-language mapping problems, the clinical aspects of the network are important in advancing basic research in the field, as Vulchanova notes:

"Typically, we can see why and how basic research can contribute to improve and address clinical research and concerns. However, basic research can also benefit from studies conducted in clinical settings or with clinical populations, and clinical studies bring in a completely new perspective. The evidence we get from clinical populations is extremely valuable and helps research zoom into specific problems or areas which may be specifically highlighted in the case of developmental or acquired deficits. This evidence complements the picture we have from typical populations."

In this unique collaboration, the network researchers are developing theories that can capture the features of the visual environment that humans typically attend to. The theories will also explain how visual objects, events and actions are shaping language understanding. In experiments, researchers are also testing how language shapes our attention to the visual environment. Taking into account both of these directions, it is expected that LanPercept will develop theories that can explain the complicated interplay of vision-language mapping in humans.

Young professionals for societal and industrial needs

More and more young researchers who finish their PhD or postdoctoral training at universities are seeking ways to build a professional career outside of academia. LanPercept is targeted to train interdisciplinary professionals who are no longer confined to the traditional boundaries between academia and the private sector.

Vulchanova continues: "In Europe today there is a clear trend for interdisciplinary research and enterprise, with novel and unforseen cross-fertilizations across traditional fields. Clearly, post
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Contact: Pirita Pyykknen-Klauck
pirita@uni-sb.de
49-681-302-6557
Saarland University
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