- Head, Professor
- Core research topics
- Speech perception, Language development, Reading, Dyslexia
Milene received her PhD in 2005 at Maastricht University, studying phonological aspects of speech perception in typical and dyslexic readers using EEG (supervisor prof. Leo Blomert). In 2004, she investigated context-dependent plasticity in spoken word recognition using MEG at Helsinki University of Technology, Finland (supervisor prof. Riitta Salmelin), funded by the Ter Meulen Fonds (KNAW). In 2007, she received an NWO Veni grant to study task-dependent and developmental plasticity in speech perception using univariate and multivariate fMRI and EEG techniques. Together with colleagues within the MBIC language group and external collaborators, she currently investigates cognitive and brain mechanisms of speech perception, reading and language development, including an NWO Vidi project. A common theme across these projects is a fascination for the incredible plasticity and adaptive nature of these mechanisms in adults and children and for their relation to individual differences in language development. For example, why do some children learn to read fluently while others face enormous challenges due to developmental dyslexia? To investigate these questions behavioral measures are combined with brain imaging data at high temporal (EEG) or spatial (fMRI at 3T, 7T) precision.
Milene closely collaborates with primary schools and national dyslexia institutes (e.g. Rudolf Berlin Center, RID), contributes to education/dyslexia policy (e.g., through participation in the UNESCO MGIEP ISEE Assessment), and is member of various scientific advisory boards (Neurolab, Nederlands Kwaliteitsinstituut Dyslexie, Nias-Lorentz board).