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I am interested in how humans process language and how language processing changes across the life course. In my PhD project I investigate word frequency effects and predictability effects in different language modalities such as reading, listening and speaking. I specifically study whether and how frequency and predictability effects differ in various age groups and whether age-related individual differences, i.e., variability in vocabulary size, processing speed and memory capacity, modulate the size of these effects. For that I use data obtained from large-scale language corpora as well as experimental techniques such as eye-tracking.

My background is in Communication Research (major: Phonetics), Psychology and English. After my studies at the University of Bonn I received a doctoral scholarship from the Max Planck International Research Network on Aging (MaxNetAging) to carry out my PhD project at the MPI for Psycholinguistics. As part of the PhD project, I spent six months at the MPI for Demographic Research to follow interdisciplinary training on Aging as a member of the MaxNetAging research school. My PhD project is supervised by Esther Janse ( and Antje Meyer.

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Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
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6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands
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