Dr. Nicole Altvater-Mackensen is currently acting as the interim Chair of English Linguistics.
She studied Linguistics, Philosophy and Psychology at Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and received her PhD in Psycholinguistics from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands. After completing her graduate studies, she worked as postdoctoral researcher at the department of Psychology of Language at Georg-August-University Göttingen and the research group Early social development at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig. In 2017, she was appointed assistant professor for Developmental Psychology at Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz.
In her research, she is interested how we learn, process and represent language. A focus of her research is early language acquisition and its neural correlates. She is particularly interested in the relation between speech perception and production, the interplay between language and other cognitive domains, the role of multimodal and social information in language learning, and the influence of bilingualism on language processing. Her research uses a broad range of behavioral and neurocognitive measures such as pupillometry, EEG and fNIRS with infants, toddlers and adults.
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