People

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Dr. Lars Meyer

Group Leader

I am a cognitive neuroscientist trained as a linguist at the universities of Hanover, DE, Groningen, NL, Joensuu, FI, and Potsdam DE. I am interested in the electrophysiology of language. Specifically, I investigate the role of periodic activity—so-called neural oscillations—in sentence comprehension. I employ neuroimaging (e.g., electro– and magnetoencephalography, functional and structural MRI) on a range of populations (e.g., developmental, healthy, aging, and clinical).

Sabrina Stehwien

Posdoctoral Researcher

I obtained my PhD (Dr. phil) in the area of speech processing and computational linguistics from the University of Stuttgart. I am interested in how the fields of applied language processing and neuroscience intersect and benefit each other. Within the Language Cycles project, I am working towards this interdisciplinary exchange in two different ways: First, by building a multilingual corpus of annotated text and synthesized speech to aid neurolinguistic research. Second, by using data-driven computational approaches to look for patterns that reflect neurophysiological processes in human language.

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Yulia Lamekina

PhD Student

My educational background is in linguistics (Moscow State University, B.Sc) and cognitive neuroscience (National University HSE, M.Sc). My current research project is related to delta-oscillations and their possible role in chunking and syntactic analysis of a sentence. We investigate the possibility of neural entrainment to a particular frequency by utilising prosodic cues, which would further influence the comprehension of a syntactic ambiguity. My other research interests include lexical and semantic perception, language localisation and functioning in bilinguals, modelling the language function via computational neuroscience.

Katharina Menn

PhD Student

I am interested in first language acquisition. In my project, I investigate how the neural response to natural language develops as children gain knowledge about their native language. For this, I combine electrophysiological recordings with measures from computational linguistics.

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Katie McCann

Student Assistant

I am a student at the University of Leipzig, currently enrolled in the program African studies. I acquired my bachelor’s degree in Linguistics at the University of Leipzig, focusing mainly on phonological and typological aspects of linguistic theory.

Lena Henke

Lab Manager

Before coming to Leipzig, I was trained in cognitive science and clinical linguistics and initially joined the Language Cycles team for my Master’s thesis. In my research, I investigate how low-frequent intrinsic activity of the brain temporally constraints perception and thereby influences language comprehension. Specifically, I am interested in the upper limit of this constraint taking into account inter- and intraindividual variability.