dr. D.J. Chwilla (Dorothee)
Universitair docent - Donders Centre for Cognition
Universitair docent - Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
Universitair docent - Psycholinguïstiek
Thomas van Aquinostraat 4
6525 GD NIJMEGEN
6500 HE NIJMEGEN
Dorothee Chwilla is a cognitive neuroscientist in the field of language. The main focus of her work is on semantic processing. A key theme is how the mind/brain creates meaning in real time. To this aim we investigate how the mind/brain creates familiar vs. novel meanings, not stored in semantic memory. The goal is to investigate the mechanisms involved in novel and familiar meaning creation. A second topic concerns the relationship of language with other systems, in particular emotion. We showed that emotional state affects semantic processing and syntactic processing. Our goals are: to shed light on the workings and nature of the mechanism(s) that mediate the effects of emotional factors on language, and to explore the relation between language and mood in patients with depression (in collaboration with Constance Vissers).
- Verhees, M.W.F.T., Chwilla, D.J.,Tromp, J., & Vissers, C.T.W.M. (2015). Contributions of emotional state and attention to the processing of syntactic agreement errors: evidence from P600. Frontiers in Psychology, 6.
- Gisladottir, R. S., Chwilla, D., & Levinson, S. C. (2015). Conversation electrified: ERP correlates of speech act recognition in underspecified utterances. PLOS ONE, 10(3).
- Vissers, C.Th.W.M., Chwilla, U.G., Egger, J.I.M, & Chwilla, D.J. (2013). The interplay between mood and language comprehension: Evidence from P600 to semantic reversal anomalies. Neuropsychologia, .2013 (51), p. 1027-1039
- Chwilla, D.J. (2012). How does the brain establish novel meanings in language? Abstract symbol theories versus embodied theories of meaning. In: M. Faust (editor), Handbook of the neuropsychology of language (Vol. 1., Language processing in the brain), 252-276.Hoboken: Blackwell Wiley.
- Chwilla, D.J., Virgillito, D., & Vissers, C.T.W.M. (2011). The relationship of language and emotion: N400 support for an embodied view of language comprehension. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23, 2400-2414.
- (1)The interaction of lexical tone, intonation and semantic context in Cantonese Chines (in collaboration with Herbert Schriefers and Carmen Kung). (2) Speech act recognition in conversation (in collaboration with Stephen Levinson and Rosa Gisladottir). (3)The interaction of language and emotion (in collaboration with Constance Vissers). (4) Novel meaning integration in language and action.