April 2023 – Present
Göttingen, Germany

Research Associate

Experimental Sign Language Lab, Department of German Philology, University of Göttingen

Project: “Parts of speech and iconicity in German Sign Language” funded by the German Research Foundation Priority Programme on “Visual Communication”
Principal Investigators: Thomas A. Finkbeiner, Nina-Kristin Meister, & Markus Steinbach
April 2018 – Present
Leipzig, Germany

PhD Candidate

International Max Planck Research School on Neuroscience of Communication: Structure, Function, & Plasticity

Thesis Advisory Committee: Angela D. Friederici, Emiliano Zaccarella, & Nikolaus Weiskopf
January 2018 – March 2023
Leipzig, Germany

Doctoral researcher

Department of Neuropsychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences

Supervisor: Angela D. Friederici
June 2017 – July 2017
Santa Barbara, USA


Kavli Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience

Directors: George R. Mangun, Barry Giesbrecht, Michael Miller, & Mike Gazzaniga
March 2017 – June 2017
Leipzig, Germany

Visiting Researcher

Department of Neuropsychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences

Supervisor: Emiliano Zaccarella
March 2013 – July 2016
Graz, Austria

Student Research & Teaching Assistant

Language Development & Cognitive Science Unit, University of Graz

Supervisor: Annemarie Peltzer-Karpf
September 2012 – December 2012
London, United Kingdom

Exchange Student

Department of Media, Culture and Language & Department of Psychology, University of Roehampton

Selected Publications

. Functional neuroanatomy of language without speech: An ALE meta-analysis of sign language. In Human Brain Mapping, 2021.

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. Psycholinguistic norms for more than 300 lexical signs in German Sign Language (DGS). In Behavior Research Methods, 2021.

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Recent Publications

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. Detection of Extraneous Visual Signals Does Not Reveal the Syntactic Structure of German Sign Language (DGS). 2024.

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. Biolinguistics end-of-year notice 2023. In Biolinguistics, 2023.

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. Cleaning up the brickyard: How theory and methodology shape experiments in cognitive neuroscience of language. In Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 35 (12): 2067–2088, 2023.

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. Functional and structural brain asymmetries in sign language processing. To appear in P Corballis & C Papagno (Eds.), Handbook of clinical neurology. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: Elsevier, 2023.


. A roadmap for technological innovation in multimodal communication research. In V Duffy (Ed.), Digital Human Modeling and Applications in Health, Safety, Ergonomics and Risk Management (pp. 402-438). HCII 2023. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (Vol. 14029). Cham, Switzerland: Springer, 2023.

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Recent & Upcoming Talks

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The iconic potential of the visuo-spatial modality allows for a direct mapping between different aspects of meaning and the …

In der modernen Ling­uistik herrscht weitestgehend Einig­keit darüber, dass alle Spra­chen der Welt zu­min­dest …

In this talk we will provide an update about the work carried out as part of our project since its official start earlier this year. We …

In this short impulse talk, I will explore what a collaboratively created ‘DGS-LEX’ could look like and how we could get to the point …

Was sind die Grundlagen der Gebärdensprache im Gehirn? Wie unterscheiden sich Gebärden- und Lautsprache in der Verarbeitung im Gehirn? …