Dieter Thoma is Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the University of Mannheim and Department Manager at the Department of English. In his research, he is interested in language acquisition and (bilingual) language processing. He has been studying how (second) language processing interacts with cognitive, emotional and social processes in decision making and consumer behavior. He uses different experimental methods including reaction-time tasks, eye tracking and pupillometry as well as large-scale survey studies.
He is a Visiting Professor at Aarhus University (Denmark), and co-founder and scientific director of the Mannheim Center for Empirical Multilingualism Research (MAZEM gGmbH). He received his PhD in psycholinguistics from the University of Mannheim and studied for his Diploma/