Assistant Professor (starting January 2021)

Broadly speaking, I am interested in exploring how cognitive and social processes shape the ways in which we learn, perceive, and produce language. My primary research examines the relationship between communicative skills and linguistic processing in children and adults. I use a combination of experimental- and observation-based methods to investigate these processes.

Much of my work focuses in particular on how communicative and linguistic skills co-develop during in the first few years of life with the hope of better understanding how our capacity to produce, understand, and transmit language across generations is shaped by interactive needs.

I am currently a post-doctoral researcher working in the Language Development Department at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. My current project, funded by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) compares how children's early interactive experience influences their communicative development in two rural indigenous communities, one in Papua New Guinea and the other in Southern Mexico.

I will join the department of Comparative Human Development as an assistant professor in January 2021.

https://www.mpi.nl/people/casillas-marisa