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Alan Nielsen

  • PhD Psycholinguistics
  • Visiting Researcher
  • Max-Planck-Institut fur Psycholinguistik
  • 3PublicationsNumber of items in Alan's My Publications folder on Mendeley.
  • 1Followers


Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, I pursued the first several years of a BSc. in Psychology at the University of Calgary before moving to Lethbridge, Alberta, where I completed a BSc. in Psychology at the University of Lethbridge, following up with an MSc in Psychology (Evolution and Behaviour) under Dr. Drew Rendall. Currently in the 4th year of my PhD in Linguistics at the University of Edinburgh under Dr. Kenny Smith, Dr. Simon Kirby, and Dr. Julia Simner (Sussex).

Recent publications

  • Motivated vs. Conventional systematicity: Implications for language learning and the structure of the lexicon

    • Nielsen A
    • Kirby S
    • Smith K
  • Parsing the role of consonants versus vowels in the classic takete-maluma phenomenon

    • Nielsen A
    • Rendall D

Professional experience

Visiting Researcher

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

September 2016 - Present



Language Evolution and Computation Research Unit, University of Edinburgh

September 2011 - January 2015(3 years)

MSc. Psychology (Evolution and Behaviour)

University of Lethbridge

September 2009 - August 2011(2 years)

BSc. Psychology

Department of Psychology, University of Lethbridge

September 2006 - May 2009(3 years)

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