Keynote Lecture

Asifa Majid

The limits of language: Teasing apart neurocognitive and cultural biases

Thursday, October 6, 2022, 9:00 - 10:00 am EDT, Regency Ballroom

Speaker: Asifa Majid, University of Oxford

About Asifa Majid

Asifa Majid is Professor of Cognitive Science at the University of Oxford and incoming William Bentinck-Smith Fellow at the Harvard Radcliffe Institute. An alum of the University of Glasgow and University of Edinburgh in Scotland, Majid worked at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and then at Radboud University in the Netherlands, before returning to the UK. Her research tackles the relationship between language and thought, and has overturned various dogmas about human olfactory abilities. She has led several large-scale cross-cultural projects with a global network of collaborators, as well as conducting primary fieldwork in the Malay Peninsula. She was awarded a prestigious personal grant of €1.5 million from the Dutch Research Council (NWO VICI Grant) to study olfactory language and cognition across cultures. Majid was Chair of the Cognitive Science Society (2019–2020) and currently serves on the Board of Reviewing Editors at Science.

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