IDEALAB

International Doctorate for
Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain

  • Inga Hameister
    Inga Hameister-Foto
    inga.hameister[at] students.mq.edu.au

    A single event can be perceived in various ways: Is someone pouring water into a glass or is he/she emptying a bottle? Describing a real life situation like this requires us to transform our general thoughts about an event into a form that we can express as a verbal message – this is known as ‘conceptualisation’. My research investigates the processes underlying conceptualisation and the nature of conceptualisation deficits in individuals with language impairments following stroke (aphasia) or as a result of a degenerative disease (primary progressive aphasia). I will use behavioural measures and eye tracking to examine the link between thinking and speaking in a picture description task. Moreover, I aim to identify general characteristics of a conceptualisation deficit to facilitate the development of better targeted diagnostic and treatment methods for language impairments.
    Supervisors:

    Prof. dr. Lyndsey Nickels (Macquarie University)
    Prof. dr. Roelien Bastiaanse (University of Groningen)

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