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Niels O. Schiller

Professor of Psycho- and Neurolinguistics

The science of speaking

Niels Schiller has been professor of psycho/neurolinguistics and a member of the management board of the new Leiden Institute for Brain and Cognition (LIBC) since 1 July 2006. His specialist field is language production:  what happens in the brain when we speak?

If mere mortals didn't have the tendency to make a slip of the tongue now and then, the work of psycho- and neurolinguists would be much more difficult.  Niels Schiller, appointed on the 1st of July as Professor of psycho/neurolinguistics, is conducting research into what happens in the brain when we speak. 'The fact that people might mistakenly say 'heft lemisphere' instead of 'left hemisphere', teaches us that we do not produce words as holistic entities. They are formed anew each time, phoneme by phoneme.'