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Linda Drijvers

WP4 Language in action & WP6 Toolkit

Linda Drijvers is a PhD student at the department for Linguistics at Radboud University Nijmegen. She completed her Bachelor in Dutch Language and Culture and holds a Master's degree in Cognitive Neuroscience (Radboud University Nijmegen). Here, she studied oscillatory dynamics in acoustically reduced and unreduced word processing. 

Within the Language in Interaction consortium, her current project aims to investigate how functional brain networks support gestural enhancement of language. Using magnetoencephalography (MEG), she will investigate whether the strength of oscillatory synchronization within and across brain regions predicts the degree of integration and comprehension of speech coupled with co-speech gestures. This will be studied in three situations where gestures enhance language comprehension: during (a) degraded speech comprehension, (b) non-native language processing and (c) word learning. 

The results will reveal the general dynamic neural mechanism supporting gestural enhancement of language in different contexts, as well as the temporal and spatial distribution of the cortical activity that accompanies speech-gesture integration at a semantic level. The project allows us to deepen our understanding of language as a multimodal system, a feat often ignored in research on spoken or written language.

More information on Linda's PhD project.