Dr. R. Muralikrishnan

Research Interests

  • Cross-linguistic ERP studies on sentence processing
  • Animacy
  • Word-order
  • Dative subjects
  • Aesthetics of typefaces

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Academic Education

2011PhD (Neurolinguistics), Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany; Institute of Neurolinguistics, Philipps Universität Marburg, Germany
2007Master of Science, Language Science and Technology (Psycholinguistics), Universität des Saarlandes, Saarbrücken, Germany
2000Bachelor of Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Madras, India

Professional Experience

Since 10/2014Scientific Programmer, Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2013-2014Post-Doc, Department of Neuropsychology, Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
2011-2013Post-Doc, Neuroscience of Language Lab, New York University in Abu Dhabi, UAE
2005-2006Research Assistant in the CoSy (Cognitive Systems) project, German Research Centre for AI, Saarbrücken, Germany
2000-2005Senior Software Engineer (Telecom), Alcatel Development Center, Madras, India


ORCID Record : https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7103-2497

Schaadt, G., Paul, M., Muralikrishnan, R., Männel, C., & Friederici, A.D. (2020). Seven-year-olds recall non-adjacent dependencies after overnight retention. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory.  doi:10.1016/j.nlm.2020.107225

Omigie, D., Frieler, K., Bär, C., Muralikrishnan, R., Wald-Fuhrmann, M., & Fischinger, T. (2019). Experiencing musical beauty: Emotional subtypes and their physiological and musico-acoustic correlates. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.  doi:10.1037/aca0000271

Muralikrishnan, R., Schlesewsky, M., & Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, I. (2015). Animacy-based predictions in language comprehension are robust: contextual cues modulate but do not nullify them. Brain Research, 1608, 108-137.  doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2014.11.046

Muralikrishnan, R. (2011). An electrophysiological investigation of Tamil dative-subject constructions. Max Planck Institute Series in Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences 132, ISBN 978-3-941504-16-5, Leipzig.  https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3246522

Muralikrishnan, R. (2007). The influence of Word-order and Animacy in processing transitive sentences: Neurophysiological evidence from Tamil. Unpublished Master’s Thesis. Saarland University, Saarbrücken.  https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3246519

Conference Posters

Muralikrishnan, R., Tavano, Alessandro, Friederici, Angela D., & Brauer, Jens. (2018). Processing role-ambiguous sentences in German: An ERP study in 7-8 year old children. Zenodo. doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3246451

Idrissi, Ali, Muralikrishnan, R., Hussain, Hagar, Mohamed, Aya, Khwaileh, Tariq, & Mustafawi, Eiman. (2018). An ERP study on the interaction of humanness and adjective agreement in Arabic. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3246461

Muralikrishnan, R., & Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Ina. (2017). Actors must be unambiguous: An ERP study on the interaction of actorhood and animacy cues. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3246407

Muralikrishnan, R., & Idrissi, Ali. (2015). Look before you leap: Careful incremental processing of idiosyncratic grammaticalised partial-agreement: ERP and self-paced reading evidence from Arabic. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3246443

Muralikrishnan, R., & Idrissi, Ali. (2014). Verb-initial structures in Arabic: Qualitative ERP differences between singular & plural subjects. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3246437

Idrissi, Ali, & Muralikrishnan, R. (2014). Bad, or just less good? ERPs of Arabic agreement violations: Feature distances are different for singular & plural subjects. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3246433

Muralikrishnan, R., & Idrissi, Ali. (2013). An ERP study on agreement violations in Arabic: Qualitative differences between singular and plural subjects. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3246424

Idrissi, Ali, Al-Kaabi, Meera, & Muralikrishnan, R. (2012). An ERP study on the processing of agreement and tense violations in Arabic. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3246395

Muralikrishnan, R., & Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Ina. (2011). Agree to disagree: Processing default agreement in dative subject constructions in Tamil. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3246388

Muralikrishnan, R., Schlesewsky, Matthias, & Bronkessel-Schlesewsky, Ina. (2010). I would if I could but I can't: Different types of non-prototypical Actor arguments are processed in a qualitatively similar manner. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3246382

Muralikrishnan, R., Schlesewsky, Matthias, & Bornkessel-Schlesewsky, Ina. (2008). Universal and cross-linguistic influences on the processing of Word-order and Animacy: Neurophysiological evidence from Tamil. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3246372

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  • ERP and behavioural studies on the processing of word-order based partial verb agreement in Arabic (Adults). In collaboration with Dr. Ali Idrissi at Qatar University.
  • ERP study on the processing of subject-object ambiguity in simple SVO and OVS sentences involving one each of a masculine and feminine argument in German (7-8 year-old children). In collaboration with Dr. Jens Brauer at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig.
  • ERP study on the learning of non-adjacent dependencies in a foreign language (7-8 year-old children). In collaboration with Dr. Jens Brauer at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig.