Asifa Majid completed her undergraduate degree and PhD in psychology at the University of Glasgow with an intermediate year at the University of Edinburgh where she was awarded an MSc in Cognitive Science and Natural Language. She then moved to the Netherlands in 2001 where she was first a Marie Curie Fellow, and then later a Senior Investigator at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. After 11 years at the Max Planck Institute, she moved to Radboud University as a Professor at the Center for Language Studies. In 2018 Asifa joined the Department of Psychology at the University of York.
Majid has been awarded various prizes and awards (e.g., Ammodo KNAW Award for the Humanities, Radboud Science Award) and received a NWO VICI grant (€1.5 million) to study olfactory language and cognition across diverse cultures. She is an elected Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and The Academy of Europe (Linguistics Section).
- 2018-present, Professor of Language, Communication and Cultural Cognition, Department of Psychology, University of York
- 2012-2018, Professor of Language, Communication and Cultural Cognition, Centre for Language Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen
- 2010-2018, Affiliated Principal Investigator, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
- 2012-2019, Affiliated Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
- 2011-2012, Senior Investigator, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
- 2004-2010, Scientific Staff member, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
- 2001-2003, Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
- 2000-2001, University lecturer, Department of Psychology, University of Glasgow
- April-May 2017, Awarded a Benjamin Meaker Visiting Professorship by the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol
- Sept-Dec 2012, Awarded Fellowship to Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala
- Aug 2005, Teacher's College, Columbia University, New York
- Aug 2002, Max Planck Institute for History of Science, Berlin
- Oct-Dec 2001, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
- Sept 2001, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada
- March-Sept 1999, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
- Nov 1998, University of Provence, France
- PhD, Psychology, University of Glasgow, 2001
- MSc, Cognitive Science and Natural Language, University of Edinburgh, 1997
- MA (Hons) First Class, Psychology with Philosophy, University of Glasgow, 1996
- Majid, A., Roberts, S. G., Cilissen, L., Emmorey, K., Nicodemus, B., O'Grady, L., Woll, B., LeLan, B., De Sousa, H., Cansler, B. L., Shayan, S., De Vos, C., Senft, G., Enfield, N. J., Razak, R. A., Fedden, S., Tufvesson, S., Dingemanse, M., Ozturk, O., Brown, P., Hill, C., Le Guen, O., Hirtzel, V., Van Gijn, R., Sicoli, M. A., & Levinson, S. C. (2018). Differential coding of perception in the world’s languages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. Advance online publication. doi:10.1073/pnas.1720419115.
- Majid, A., Burenhult, N., Stensmyr, M., De Valk, J., & Hansson, B. S. (2018). Olfactory language and abstraction across cultures. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 373: 20170139. doi:10.1098/rstb.2017.0139.
- Majid, A., & Kruspe, N. (2018). Hunter-gatherer olfaction is special. Current Biology, 28(3), 409-413. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2017.12.014.
- Speed, L. J., & Majid, A. (2018). Superior olfactory language and cognition in odor-color synaesthesia. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 44(3), 468-481. doi:10.1037/xhp0000469.