Prof. Dr. Milena Rabovsky, Group leader
I did my PhD at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain (Germany). After research stays at the University of Western Ontario (Canada), Stanford University (USA) and Freie Universität Berlin (Germany), I started as principal investigator and tenure track professor at the University of Potsdam (tenured since 2023). I try to better understand how language processing works in the brain, using neuroscientific evidence and computational modelling (see Overview and Publications, or this video of a recent talk).
Dr. Alessandro Lopopolo, Postdoc
I have obtained my Ph.D. from the Radboud University Nijmegen (the Netherlands) as part of the Language in Interaction consortium. My research interests focus on applying computational linguistic models to the study of language processing in the brain. I am particularly interested in stochastic language models (both bayesian and neural-based), vector space semantic models, and syntactic parsing. My current work aims to develop and train a connectionist model of sentence comprehension and to use it to investigate how the human brain computes event representations during naturalistic sentence comprehension.
Dr. Kate Stone, Postdoc
I did my PhD in the Vasishth Lab at the University of Potsdam (Germany). My research interests are in probabilistic sentence processing and how uncertainty and conflict affect readers' linguistic expectations. I use EEG and computational modelling to examine how these expectations unfold over time.
Yana Arkhipova, PhD student
I completed my MSc in Language Sciences at UCL (UK) in 2018. Following that, I spent a year working as an intern at MPI for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. I joined the Cognitive Neuroscience lab as a PhD student in December 2019 to work on a project investigating the intricacies of the N400's functional significance.
Friederike Contier, PhD student
I studied linguistics with some cultural studies, literature, and psychology on the side (Frankfurt(Oder)/Malmo/Erfurt). Research traineeships at the MPI CBS (Leipzig) and for Psycholinguistics (Nijmegen) sparked my interest in language processing and the question how it’s intertwined with other aspects of cognition. In my PhD project, I look at the P600 component during language comprehension to investigate attention-related processes in (re-)building sentence meaning.
Sertug Gürel, PhD student
Campus Golm, bldg. 14, room 4.10
In my master’s studies, I became interested in computational neuroscience and cognitive modeling. After I finished my master’s degree in neuroscience, I joined the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab as a Ph.D. student. In my research, I focus on understanding the type of linguistic information processed by the deep learning language models’ inner layers. I’m also interested in how the information we get from language models can increase our understanding of language processing in the brain.
Siddharth Gupta, PhD student
I completed my master’s in Cognitive Science at IIT Delhi (India) in 2023. In February 2024, I joined the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab as a PhD student, having previously worked in the lab during my master’s internship. Besides, I also have an engineering degree in computer science and experience with NLP. I am interested in computational modeling of language and its application to understanding human sentence comprehension. Currently, I am working on a project that investigates a probable relationship between a model of sentence comprehension and reading times.
Alice Hodapp, PhD student
After completing a master’s degree in psychology (Halle/Budapest/Leipzig), I joined the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab as a PhD student to focus on prediction (-errors) in language processing. My research mainly uses EEG with a focus on the N400 ERP component. I am also interested in how comprehenders use prediction errors to make better predictions in the future, what influences these predictions and errors, and which neuromodulators are involved in the process.
Dorottya Flóra Czárán, Student assistant
Campus Golm, bldg. 14, room 4.12
I am a master's student in psychology at the University of Potsdam. From the beginning of my studies I have had a strong interest in human cognition and the underlying brain mechanisms. Having learned about computational modelling work and EEG experiments of language processing and learning narrowed my focus on this field. That's why I joined the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab to write my master's thesis and as a student assistant.
Jonathan Zoff, Student assistant
Campus Golm, bldg. 14, room 4.12
Because of my interest in human cognition and biology I decided to study psychology. I am now a bachelor's student at the University of Potsdam. After partaking in experiments and hearing lectures about biology and the human brain I decided to start working at the Cognitive Neuroscience Lab as a student assistant to further learn about EEG and experimentation.