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Rolf Zwaan Biosketch

Rolf Zwaan is Professor of Psychology at Erasmus University Rotterdam. He received his PhD in 1992 from Utrecht University. His main research interest is in language comprehension. His early research focused on discourse comprehension. He has recently been exploring the role of action and perception in comprehension. In his current endeavors, he tries to integrate these two strands of research. Rolf Zwaan is Editor-in-Chief of Acta Psychologica and serves on the editorial boards of Discourse Processes, Cognition, and Linguistics and Language Compass. A Fellow of the American Psychological Association, Rolf Zwaan has 121 publications to his credit, many of which in top psychology journals. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health in the United States and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research, which also funds some of his current research. He has supervised 7 PhD students and 3 Postdoctoral Fellows and is currently supervising 6 PhD students and co-supervising two additional students.

Recent key-publications by Rolf Zwaan:

1.     Zwaan, R.A., & Radvansky, G.A. (1998). Situation models in languagecomprehension and memory. Psychological Bulletin, 123, 162-185.

2.     Zwaan, R.A., Stanfield, R.A., & Yaxley, R.H. (2002). Language comprehendersmentally represent the shapes of objects. Psychological Science, 13, 168-171.

3.     Zwaan, R.A. (2004). The immersed experiencer: toward an embodied theory of language comprehension. In: B.H. Ross (Ed.), The Psychology of Learning and Motivation, Vol. 44 (pp. 35-62). New York: Academic Press.

4.     Zwaan, R.A., & Taylor, L.J. (2006). Seeing, acting, understanding: motor resonance in language comprehension. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 135, 1-11.

5.     Fischer, M.H., & Zwaan, R.A. (2008). Embodied language – A review of the role of the motor system in language comprehension. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 61, 825-850.

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