Psycholinguistics HU Berlin

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Selected publications

  • Pia Knoeferle, Pirita Pyykkönen-Klauck, & Matthew W. Crocker (eds). (2016).Visually Situated Language Comprehension (Advances in Consciousness Research). John Benjamins.

  • Knoeferle, P., Crocker, M. W., & Pulvermueller, F. (2010). Embodied language processing: neuroimaging, behavioural, and neurocomputational perspectives. Brain and Language, 112(3), 137-236.

  • Abashidze, D., Carminati, M-N., & Knoeferle, P. (2019). Anticipating a future versus integrating a recent event?: Evidence from eye-tracking. Acta Psychologica, Article 102916,

  • P. Knoeferle (2019). Predicting (variability of) context effects in language comprehension. Journal of Cultural Cognitive Science, 3, 141-158.

  • Kluth, T., Burigo, M., Schultheiss, H., & Knoeferle, P. (2019). Does Direction matter? Linguistic Asymmetries Reflected in Visual Attention. Cognition, 185, 91-120.

  • Rodriguez-Ronderos, C., Munster, K., Guerra, E., Kreysa, H., Rodriguez, A., Kr¨ oger, J.,¨ Kluth, T., Burigo, M., Abashidze, D., Nunnemann, N., & Knoeferle, P. (2018). Eye Tracking during visually situated language comprehension: flexibility and limitations in uncovering visual context effects. Journal of Visualized Experiments, 141, e57694, doi:10.3791/57694.

  • Kreysa, H., Nunnemann, E., & Knoeferle, P. (2018). Distinct effects of different visual cues on sentence comprehension and later recall: The case of speaker gaze versus depicted actions. Acta Psychologica, 188, 220-229. doi: 10.1016/j.actpsy.2018.05.001

  • Münster, K., & Knoeferle, P. (2018). Extending Situated Language Comprehension (Accounts) with Speaker and Comprehender Characteristics: Toward Socially Situated Interpretation. Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.02267.

  • Guerra, E. & Knoeferle, P. (2017). Visually perceived spatial distance affects the interpretation of linguistically mediated social meaning during online language comprehension: An eye tracking reading study. Journal of Memory & Language, 92, 43-56.

  • Münster, K. & Knoeferle, P. (2017). Situated language processing across the lifespan: A review. International Journal of English Linguistics, 7, 1-13.

  • Knoeferle, P. & Guerra, E. (2016). Visually situated language comprehension. Language and Linguistics Compass, 10, 66-82.

  • Burigo, M., & Knoeferle, P. (2015). Visual attention during spatial language comprehension. PLoS One, 10(1): e0115758. doi:10.1371/journal. pone.0115758

  • Knoeferle, P., Urbach, T., & Kutas, M. (2014). Different mechanisms for role relations versus verb-action congruence effects: Evidence from ERPs in picture-sentence verification. Acta Psychologica, 152, 133-148.

  • Guerra, E., & Knoeferle, P. (2014). Effects of object distance on incremental semantic interpretation: similarity is closeness. Cognition, 133, 535-552.

  • Knoeferle, P., (2014). Conjunction meaning can modulate parallelism facilitation: Eyetracking evidence from German clausal coordination Journal of Memory and Language, 75, 140-158.

  • Carminati, M.N., & Knoeferle, P. (2013). Effects of speaker emotional facial expression and listener age on incremental sentence processing. PLoS ONE 8(9): e72559. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0072559.

  • Knoeferle, P. & Kreysa, H. (2012). Effects of speaker gaze on syntactic structuring. Frontiers in Psychology,2:376. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00376.

  • Knoeferle, P., Carminati, M. N., Abashidze, D., & Essig, K. (2011). Preferential inspection of recent real-world events over future events: evidence from eye tracking during spoken sentence comprehension. Frontiers in Psychology, 2:376. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00376

  • Knoeferle, P., Urbach, T, & Kutas, M (2011). Comprehending visual context influences on incremental sentence comprehension: insights from ERPs and picture-sentence verification. Psychophysiology, 48, 495-506.

  • Crocker, M. W., Knoeferle, P., & Mayberry, M. (2010). Situated sentence processing: The coordinated interplay account and a neurobehavioural model. Special issue on Embodied Language Processing, Brain and Language, 112, 189-201.

  • Knoeferle, P., Habets, B., Crocker, M. W., Muente, T.F. (2008). Visual scenes trigger immediate syntactic reanalysis: evidence from ERPs during situated spoken comprehension. Cerebral Cortex, 18, 789-795.

  • Knoeferle, P., & Crocker, M. W. (2006). The coordinated interplay of scene, utterance, and world knowledge: evidence from eye-tracking. Cognitive Science, 30, 481-529.

  • Knoeferle, P., Crocker, M. W., Scheepers, C., & Pickering, M. J. (2005). The influence of the immediate visual context on incremental thematic role-assignment: evidence from eyemovements in depicted events. Cognition, 95, 95-127.


  • Knoeferle, P., and Kreysa, H., & Pickering, M. (2018). Effects of a speaker’s gaze on language comprehension and acquisition. In: Geert Brône and Bert Oben (Eds.) Eye-tracking in interaction: Studies on the role of eye-gaze in dialogue. (pp. 47-66). John Benjamins.

  • Knoeferle, P. (2015). Korper und Embodiment bei der Sprachverarbeitung - im Actionkino und in dialogzentrierten Filmen: Sinn und Sinnlichkeit (1995) versus Skyfall (2012). In: Heinz-Peter Preusser (ed.). Sinnlichkeit und Sinn im Kino: Zur Interdependenz von Korperlichkeit und Textualitat in der Filmrezeption. (pp. 238-267). Schuren.

  • Knoeferle, P. (2015). Visually situated language comprehension in children and in adults. In: Mishra, R. K., Srinivasan, N., & Huettig, F. (Eds). Attention and Vision in Language Processing (Springer Language and Cognition series). (pp. 57-75). Springer.

  • Knoeferle, P. (2015). Language comprehension in rich non-linguistic contexts: Combining eye tracking and event-related brain potentials. In: Roel, Williams (Ed.). Towards a cognitive neuroscience of natural language use. (pp. 77-100). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

  • Knoeferle, P. & Guerra, E. (2012). What’s non-linguistic visual context? - A view from language comprehension. In: Rita Finkbeiner, Jorg Meibauer, & Petra Schuhmacher (eds)¨ What is a context? Linguistic approaches and challenges (pp. 129-149). Amsterdam: John Benjamins.


  • Kröger, Julia, Münster, K., Burigo & Knoeferle, P. (2018). Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle: How¨ visual cues influence thematic role assignment in children and adults. In: Proceedings of the 40th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 1969-1974), Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

  • Kröger, Julia, Münster, K., & Knoeferle, P. (2017). The influence of prosody and case marking on thematic role assignment in ambiguous action scenes: adults versus children. In: Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2463-2468). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

  • Abashidze, D., & Knoeferle, P. (2017). Action and actor gaze mismatch effects during spoken sentence processing. Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society, London, UK.