Main Focus

Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Early language acquisition: Prosody/phonology, lexical segmentation, word-object mapping, artificial grammar learning, perceptual anchoring, voice perception, role of music-based interventions on language acquisition

Atypical language acquisition: Developmental dyslexia (phonological deficits, structural and functional brain correlates, genetics)

Comparative research: Phylogenetic and ontogenetic perspectives on sequence processing

Methods: EEG/ERP, fNIRS, eye-tracking, standardized behavioral tests

Curriculum Vitae

Academic Education

since 2009
Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) in Psychology
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany
since 2005
Diplom (MSc) in Psychology
Free University, Berlin, Germany
since 1997
Diplom (MA) in Social Pedagogy (Major: Music Therapy)
University of Applied Sciences, Würzburg, Germany


since 2019
Research group leader
W2 Research group “Early language acquisition”
Department of Neuropsychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (MPI-CBS) Leipzig, Germany
since 2017
Principal Investigator
DFG project “Perceptual anchoring as a stepping-stone into word learning: A combined brain–behavior approach”
Medical Faculty, University Leipzig, Germany
Department of Neurology, MPI-CBS Leipzig, Germany
2015 - 2017
Scientific Researcher
DFG project “Crossing the borders: The interplay of language, cognition, and the brain in early human development”
MPI-CBS Leipzig, Germany
2009 - 2015
Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Neuropsychology, MPI-CBS Leipzig, Germany
2005 - 2009
PhD Student
Research group “German Language Development Study”, Children’s Hospital Berlin Lichtenberg
Department of Neuropsychology, MPI-CBS Leipzig, Germany
2003 - 2005
Student Assistant
Department of Psychology, Free University, Berlin, Germany
Research Assistant
Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
2001 - 2002
Exchange student
Graduate School of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA
2000 - 2001
Research Assistant
Max Planck Institute for Human Development, Berlin, Germany
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