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The journey of scientific discovery: Thinking and theorizing your way to gold

Why do scientists spend so much of their time thinking and theorizing? And why do some of their experiments seem so far removed from any conceivable practical use? In this article, I shall explain that scientists have good reasons for these admittedly odd practices.

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Interview with a recent PhD graduate: Dr. Limor Raviv

Dr. Limor Raviv was a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. She defended her thesis entitled ‘Language and society: How social pressures shape grammatical structure’ on May 7 2020.

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The journey of scientific discovery: How scientists find new gold

Scientists have the reputation of being locked up in an ivory tower: from the outside it seems they are often more concerned with seemingly useless theoretical problems, rather than useful practical ones. In this article series, I would like to explain why scientists spend so much time on their apparent frivolous theories, and hopefully convince you that they do so for good reason.

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Interview with a recent PhD graduate: Dr. Sara Iacozza

Dr. Sara Iacozza was a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. She defended her thesis entitled ‘Exploring social biases in language processing’ on June 6 2020.

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Messages hidden behind the lips

What happens in our mind when we hear ambiguous words? Research in psycholinguistics shed light on the rhetorical devices used in poetry and alchemy.

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