Full Professor of German Linguistics: Psycholinguistics

Institut für dt. Sprache und Linguistik, Psycholinguistics (Overview of group members)
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Einstein Center for Neurosciences Berlin
Berlin School of Mind and Brain

Central Laboratory, Faculty of Language, Literature, and the Humanities
Vice-dean for Research, Faculty of Language, Literature, and the Humanities
Laboratories at the Institute: Reaction time, eye-tracking, and EEG
Central laboratory at the Faculty

Our research focuses on (real-time context effects in) language comprehension across the lifespan (in children, young, and older adults) and how we can accommodate these interactions in processing accounts and (computational) models. We examine visual context effects as well as linguistic context effects (e.g., using eye tracking or event-related brain potentials). Context can come in different facets (see e.g., Abashidze et al., 2019, DOI:10.1016/j.actpsy.2019.102916, Kreysa et al., 2018, DOI: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2018.05.001, Maquate & Knoeferle, 2021, DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2021.547360; or Ronderos et al., 2022, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/langcog.2022.22).

Among the question we have asked are: How rapidly can comprehenders exploit different contextual cues and how do different world-language relations compare in their effects? Are context effects short-lived or protracted? What representations and processes must we assume to model how is language processing is informed by context? (Knoeferle, 2021,
DOI: http://doi.org/10.5334/joc.155; Knoeferle & Münster, 2018, DOI:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02267).

Within the CRC 1412 on
Register, we have begun to look at register processing in relation to the processing of morphosyntactic (e.g., he confirms vs. he confirm) and semantic distinctions (e.g., tying your shoelaces vs. *folding your shoelaces). Note: the experiments were conducted on German (project webpage). In the DFG-Project Effects of lifetime and factual knowledge in language comprehension, we look at how factual and biographical information and knowledge impact language processing.

Within the BUA project 511 we are working towards sharing laboratory ressources and know-how (e.g., Ito & Knoeferle, 2022,
DOI: https://doi.org/10.3758/s13428-022-01969-3, see project page)

In our laboratory, we follow a protocol (Non-PEER-REVIEWED, CC-BY license):
Maquate, K., Schliewe, C., &, Knoeferle, P. (2020). Laboratory protocol. (March 2020).

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