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Sara Bögels

My research focuses on auditory language processing and the factors that influence this process, such as prosody and common ground. I was part of the Interactional Foundations of Language project in which I investigated turn-taking and speech acts in an interactive setting. I use experimental methods, predominantly EEG and MEG. One recent project investigated neural signatures of processes involved in turn-taking, within an interactive EEG quiz-paradigm. Another project employed different behavioral methods to investigate the role of prosodic factors in turn-taking. In a third project I showed with EEG that the length of the gap before taking a turn is meaningful for listeners.

Early 2011, I obtained a PhD from the Donders Institute (Centre for Cognition) at the Radboud University Nijmegen, on my thesis entitled: “The role of prosody in language comprehension. When prosodic breaks and pitch accents come into play.” I studied how different prosodic devices (prosodic breaks and pitch accents) play a role in different aspects of language understanding (sentence comprehension, referential communication), using event-related brain potentials (ERPs).

Following, I received an individual grant from the Dutch NWO (Rubicon), which I used to investigate listeners' use of common ground, at the University of Glasgow. In a conversation, listeners need to take into account what knowledge is shared by speaker and listener, that is, in their common ground. It is still under debate how fast and under which circumstances common ground information is used by listeners. I used a novel experimental paradigm (MEG) to investigate this, for the first time using brain imaging methods in this research domain.
Function: Affiliated Researcher
Member of: Language and Cognition Department
Last checked 2018-01-08

Sara Bögels

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