Most children acquire language without explicit instruction to the rules of their language. Procedural learning, the abilitiy to discover these rules without explicit awarness, potential facilitates language learning. Deficiencies in procedural learning have been observed in children with language disorders (dyslexia and specific language impairment (SLI)). In my PhD that I started in September 2015 we specifically address the question whether and how deficiencies in procedural learning are associated with the linguistic problems of children with SLI.
My PhD is part of the ViDi project Examining the contribution of procedural learning to grammar and literacy in children awarded to dr. Judith Rispens. The next four years I'll be responsible for the data collection and study design for children with SLI. Merel van Witteloostuijn focuses on children with dyslexia and Judith is responsible for data collection with the typically developing children.
Language Acquisition / Developmental language disorders
Neural mechanisms for speech and language processing
From January 2019 till July 2019 I have a position as junior policy officer at the Dutch Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) in addition to my PhD position.
Msc Thesis Project
Radboud University Nijmegen & Cambridge University (UK)
Project: Prosodic and lexicosyntactic cues in turn prediction by Dutch and English toddlers
Supervisors: dr. Marisa Casillas, dr. Titia Benders, dr. Brechtje Post (UK) and Prof. Paula Fikkert
BA Thesis Project
Radboud University Nijmegen
Project: Sound symbolism in Dutch toddlers and adults
Supervisors: Prof. Paula Fikkert
BA Honours program
Project: First Language Acquisition
Supervisor: Prof. Paula Fikkert