My research focusses on two general topics, speech perception and human turn-taking:
Listeners interpret a speech sound relative to the speaker that uttered that sound. They do so by taking into account the general voice characteristics and speaking rate of a speaker. These processes are thought to help listeners in solving the lack of invariance problem in speech perception, and has been referred to as speaker normalization, or more broadly as perceptual context effects. I investigate how and when this compensation mechanism works, and whether it is specific to the processing of speech sounds. A related question that has driven my research is at what cognitive level influences of context operate:
A second main focus of my research is centered around the allocation of cognitive resources in dialog. A central question in this research is: why does turn taking proceed relatively smoothly most of the time? I hope to uncover how participants dynamically allocate their resources during turn-taking.
Past and current affiliations:
- 2007-2011: I obtained my doctoral degree at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, under the supervision of James McQueen and Holger Mitterer
- 2011 – 2014: during this period I have been working as a Postdoc in the Psychology of Language group of Antje Meyer at the MPI.
- 2014-2016: As part of a three year Marie Curie Fellowship (IOF), I have been a visiting scholar at Keith Johnson’s phonology lab (University of California, Berkeley), and at the Chang lab (UCSF), for the past two years.
- 2016- now: I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Neurobiology of Language department, headed by Peter Hagoort.
- ECoG (I have spent the past two years as a Marie Curie fellow in Berkeley and San Francisco, learning to work with electrocorticography)
- Behavioral tasks such as categorization; discrimination and reaction time measures.
- Dual-tasks (Tapping)
Collaborations in ongoing projects:
- Keith Johnson (Phonlab UC Berkeley http://linguistics.berkeley.edu/phonlab/people.html)
- Edward Chang (UC San Francisco; UCSF; http://changlab.ucsf.edu/our-team/) and other Chang-lab members (Neal Fox; Liberty Hamilton; Matthew Leonard)
- Caicai Zhang & Gang Peng (Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
- Eva Reinisch (Institute of Phonetics and Speech Processing at Ludwig Maximilian University Munich)
- Hans-Rutger Bosker (Nijmegen)
- Antje Meyer (Nijmegen)
- Svetlana Gerakaki (Nijmegen)
- Vitoria Piai (Nijmegen)
- James McQueen (Nijmegen)
- Holger Mitterer (University of Malta)
- Ellen Simon