Research Interests and CV

I am interested in cognitive neuroscience of multilingualism and second language acquisition with the underlying aim of contributing to improvements in language learning/teaching methodology. Despite a general interest into the “neurobiology of language” and brain imaging (fMRI and EEG) one of my main interests centers around hyper-polyglottism and individual differences in language talent (foreign and native language aptitude) and how this relates to linguistic theory.

EDUCATION

2002: Doctor of Science (Dr.rer.nat) in Psychology (Biological Psychology), University of Vienna.

1998-2002: PhD in the field of “Cognitive Neuroscience of Second Language Acquisition” at the University of Vienna. Topic of thesis: “EEG – COHERENCE ANALYSIS AND FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROCESSING: differences between English language students and students of other disciplines during the processing of natural language stimuli (TV texts) in British English, American English and German”. (Supervisors: Peter Rappelsberger, Herbert Bauer, Annemarie Peltzer-Karpf)

1996/1997: Studies of Cognitive Science, Psychology, Neuroscience at the Universities of Vienna, Budapest (Ceepus Scholarship for Linguistics, Cognitive Science and Psychology at the Eötvös Lorand University in Budapest) and Rome – La Sapienza University.

1996: State Exam for teaching English and Italian at Secondary Schools in Austria.

1995: Master of Philosophy (Mag.phil) in English Linguistics (Applied Linguistics). Title of Master thesis “The Brain and Sensory Systems in Second Language Acquisition Research. An interdisciplinary approach”. University of Vienna, English Linguistics (supervisor Prof. H. Schendl).

1989-1995: Studies of English and Italian philology (Anglistik and Romanistik; master in English linguistics/applied linguistics) at the University of Vienna since 1989

1988/1989 one year of teacher’s training and studies in Music, Arts and English at the “Pedagogical Academy of Education” in Baden, Lower Austria.

Grammar School of Modern Languages, Wiener Neustadt-Zehnergasse (school leaving exam: June 1988).

POSITIONS HELD AND WORK EXPERIENCE

Currently employed as Assistant Professor at the Centre for Language Learning and Teaching Reserach (FDZ), University of Vienna, Austria.

Winter term 2011/12: Senior Lecturer at the English Linguistics and Applied Linguistics Department, University of Tübingen, Germany.

Summer term 2011: Visiting Professor at the English Department, University of Vienna, Austria.

2006-2010: Postdoctoral investigator at the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Centre for Linguistics at the University of Tübingen. Post Doctoral Research group leader of a DFG project entitled “The neural correlates of phonetic language talent” at the Department of Neuro-radiology, Section for Experimental MR of the CNS & Hertie Insitute for Clinical Brain Research, University of Tübingen (together with Profs. Wolfgang Grodd, Hermann Ackermann).

2004-2006: Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Stuttgart, Institute for Natural Language Processing, Experimental Phonetics Group.

2003-2004: Postdoctoral “Rudolf Haas” fellow (stipend holder, Ernst Jung Foundation, Hamburg) at the Neurological Clinic of the University of Tübingen, Germany (supervisor Prof. D. Wildgruber).

2003: Foreign Exchange Internship in Brain Imaging techniques (fMRI) at the Neurological Clinic, University of Tübingen (supervisors D. Wildgruber, J. Dichgans, M.Erb, W. Grodd).

1998-2002: PhD fellow at the Center for Brain Research, Spitalgasse, 1090 Vienna, (supervisor Prof. P. Rappelsberger).

1997/1998: Teacher of English at the School for Fashion & Arts, Herbststrasse 104, 1160 Vienna.

1995/1996: Year of probation as a teacher of English and Italian at HBLA Biedermannsdorf, Lower Austria.

ASSOCIATIONS / MEMBERSHIPS

• International Organisation of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM)
• The Society for the Neurobiology of Language
• Verband für Angewandte Linguistik /Austrian Society for Applied Linguistics (VERBAL)
• Österreichische Gesellschaft für Sprachendidaktik/ Austrian Society for Foreign Language Teaching and Learning (ÖGSD)