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Date:11/29/2011

een 18 and 24 years of age usually participated in our test series in the language laboratory. Using the apps, we can now also reach older people from different professional backgrounds, and this makes our findings far more representative," says Peeters, explaining another advantage of this new approach.

However, this is not the only reason why this project is of such great interest to Peeters and his colleagues. For him, the opportunities it provides for comparative research are at least as interesting as the other new dimensions it offers. "We are now also able to relate the test results from different languages with each other," he explains. Of particular interest here are words that are found in different languages like "film" and "taxi". "I suspect that recognition of the word "taxi" is faster in France than, for example, in England, as the word 'taxi' arises more frequently in French than in English, which also has the word 'cab' as a synonym."

The researchers do not wish to limit themselves to the seven languages currently being researched and are considering making the word recognition apps available in other languages that use non-Roman characters, for example Greek, Japanese and Chinese. "This will finally make it possible to survey data from other cultures in a reliable way and on a large scale, and this, in turn, will enable us to verify the universality of cognitive theories."


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Contact: Myrna Tinbergen
myrna.tinbergen@mpi.nl
31-243-521-446
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft
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