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Judith Holler

I investigate 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, facial signals and eye gaze. In addition to investigating how these modalities interact in the process of semantic comprehension, I explore the role of the visual modalities in pragmatic communication, including turn-taking and social action recognition.

I am also interested in the role of gesture in health-related contexts, such as when communication is impaired (as in Parkinson's Disease, for example) or when communication is difficult due to the nature of the information we aim to encode (such as when talking about pain).

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Function: Senior Investigator
Member of: Language and Cognition Department
Other Affiliations: Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University, Nijmegen (The Netherlands)
School of Psychological Sciences, University of Manchester (UK)
Last checked 2017-06-07

Judith Holler

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
PO Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands