Faculty member

Dr Claudia Maennel

Research Group Leader
Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig

Research Interests

Our research focuses on first language acquisition. Particularly, we aim (1) to identify relevant milestones of typical and atypical language acquisition and (2) to characterize influencing factors of the learner and the learning environment in this process. We here employ a multimodal combination of non-invasive methods, such as electroencephalography (EEG), near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), eye-tracking, and standardized behavioral tests.

Available PhD projects

I currently supervise projects on:

  • Typical language acquisition: Phonology/ prosody, lexical segmentation, word-object-association, artificial grammar learning, perceptual anchoring
  • Atypical language acquisition: Developmental dyslexia (phonological deficits, perceptual anchoring deficits, genetic risk factors)
  • Across-domain comparisons: Linguistic and non-linguistic auditory sequence learning
  • Across-species comparisons: Phylogenetic and ontogenetic aspects of auditory sequence learning


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