Group and researchers

M-BIC Language Lab

The Language Lab aims at understanding cognitive and brain mechanisms underlying language and language development. Our lab is part of the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center (M-BIC) founded by the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN/UM) at Maastricht University. We investigate neural transformations of auditory (speech perception) and visual (reading, object perception) signals into meaningful messages and of thoughts and images into speech plans (speech production). Furthermore we investigate the formation and fine-tuning of these transformations during typical and anomalous language development (dyslexia).

Our research employs tailored psychophysical paradigms for adults and children with and without language disorders, combined with measurements of brain activity at high temporal (EEG), spatial (fMRI at 3T, 7T) and spatio-temporal (ECoG) resolution. We zoom into underlying brain mechanisms by analyzing our data using advanced analysis techniques including multivariate EEG/fMRI pattern analysis, functional connectivity and fMRI ‘encoding’ analysis. Moreover we assess individual brain-behavior relations by linking these brain measures to different types of behavioral measures including on-line task performance, real-time MRI of vocal tract gestures and cognitive and reading skills.

Researchers

Students

Alexandra Holfelder
Student Assistant
Research master Neuropsychology, Maastricht University

Anna Palmann
Master Psychology, Vienna University, Austria

Anne Snijders
Master Cognitive Neuroscience, Maastricht University

Zhiwei Chen
Master Cognitive Neuroscience, Maastricht University

Alumni

Mario E Archila-Melendez
Postdoctoral researcher, Technical University München, Dept. Neuroradiology, Germany

Mart Bles
Senior business analyst, Enpuls, VU Amsterdam, Netherlands

João Correia
Researcher at University of Algarve, Portugal

Boukje Habets
Postdoctoral researcher, University of Bielefeld, Germany

Anke Hammer
Psychologist and Researcher, Department of Psychiatry, University of Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany

Roef Janssen
Content developer Kind en Jeugd / Triage psycholoog, Embloom NL

Tieme Janssen
Assistant professor, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Inge Timmers
Postdoctoral researcher, Stanford University, Stanford, United States of America

Kiki van der Heijden
Postdoctoral researcher, Donders centre for Cognition, Nijmegen, Netherlands

Maaike Vandermosten
Professor at KU Leuven, Belgium

Gonny Willems
Managing Director – Studio Europa, Maastricht, The Netherlands

Gojko Žarić
Data analyst, Booking.com, Amsterdam, NL.

In memoriam: Leo Blomert (1952 – 2012)

Leo Blomert has been the founding chair of the Cognitive Neuroscience Department at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience… read more