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Sprach- und literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät - Psycholinguistik



If you are intersted to participate in linguistic experiments, please have a look at LingEx (linked on the right), a database created by ZAS. Our group uses this database to recruite participants. For further information please check the Laboratory page.


Denomination of the Chair

Department of German Studies and Linguistics: Psycholinguistics

Chair: Prof. Dr. P. Knoeferle (Homepage)

The research focus of the group is on real-time context effects in language comprehension across the lifespan (in children, young, and older adults). We examine the cognitive and brain mechanisms underlying language processing, also across different languages. We examine visual context effects as well as linguistic context effects. We are interested in how rapidly comprehenders can exploit different contextual cues (e.g., using eye tracking or event-related brain potentials) but also in protracted context effects (e.g., as revealed in post-experiment comprehension and memory test scores).


Specific research foci are: language processing in relation to

  • (past, present, and future) events 
  • the emotional, spatial, and social context
  • visual perception, including perception of objects, events, speakers, and the social context (e.g., visual gender cues, eye gaze, facial expressions)


Within these topics, we examine how language processing manifests itself across the lifespan (i.e., in young and older adults and in children) and we have an interest in how contextual information can benefit both language processing and learning. 


You can find our publications here.


Visitor's Address

Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik
Universitätsgebäude am Hegelplatz, Haus 3
Dorotheenstr. 24
10117 Berlin

Please note: There is no entry from Dorotheenstraße. You can enter the building via Hegelplatz or Universitätsstraße. 


Postal Address

Institut für deutsche Sprache und Linguistik
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin


Phone / Fax / E-Mail

Tel: +49-30-2093 9672
Fax: +49-30-2093 9729
E-Mai: ingrid.haefner AT rz.hu-berlin.de (Secretary)


Our group also has a Facebook page. If you want to get the latest news on our experiments and other informations from our department, please follow us (linked on the left).