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My research focus is on human multimodal communication. In particular, I am interested in how communicative intent and the pragmatics of conversation influence the interplay between bodily signals and speech, as well as how social cues and context may modulate the perception and communicativeness of co-speech gestures and other bodily signals and their integration with speech.
My recent projects use paradigms that embed multimodal language production and comprehension in more situated contexts with a special focus on the interplay between different communicative modalities, including speech, gesture, and eye gaze. In addition to investigating how these modalities interact in the process of semantic comprehension, I explore the role of visual modalities in turn-taking and action recognition.
I am also interested in the role of gesture in health-related contexts. Current projects focus on (i) the role of gesture in pain communication (production and comprehension) and (ii) the use and communicative value of co-speech gestures in Parkinson's Disease (focussing on the cognitive interface between gesture, action and language).