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Dr. Jana Reifegerste


2010 - 2013: PhD in Psycholinguistics (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen the Netherlands)
2008 - 2010: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Linguistics, and Behavioural Science (McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
2005 - 2008: undergraduate studies in Psychology (Leipzig University)

Research Interests

My work focuses on the processing of morphologically complex words. My dissertation addressed the cognitive and linguistic factors that influence how inflected verbs and nouns are represented and accessed. At PRIM, I investigate morphological processing in monolingual and bilingual speakers. In a collaboration with the Charité in Berlin, I examine neurological as well as behavioral data from a broad range of participants.




Prehn, K., Taud, B., Reifegerste, J., Clahsen, H., & Flöel, A. (2018). Neural correlates of grammatical inflection in older native and second-language speakers. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition 21, 1-12. doi:10.1017/S1366728916001206

Reifegerste, J., & Clahsen, H. (2017). Accessing morphosyntactic information is preserved at old age, except for irregulars. The Mental Lexicon 12(3), 342-372.

Reifegerste, J., & Felser, C. (2017). Effects of aging on interference during pronoun resolution. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research 60(12), 3573-3589. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-17-0183

Reifegerste, J., Hauer, F., & Felser, C. (2017). Agreement processing and attraction errors in aging: Evidence from subject-verb agreement in German. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition 24(6), 672-702. doi:10.1080/13825585.2016.1251550

Reifegerste, J., Meyer, A. S., & Zwitserlood, P. (2016). Inflectional complexity and experience affect plural processing in younger and older readers of Dutch and German. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience 32(4), 471-481. doi:10.1080/23273798.2016.1247213

Conference presentations

Reifegerste, J., Elin, K., & Clahsen, H. (2017). Dissociating derivational and inflectional priming: Evidence from older bilinguals. Poster presented by Jana Reifegerste at the 10th International Morphological Processing Conference, Trieste, Italy, 22-24 June.

Reifegerste, J., Johari, K., Walenski, M., Ashrafi, F., Behroozmand, R., & Ullman, M. T. (2017). A comprehensive examination of language in Parkinson’s disease: Evidence from syntax, morphology, and lexical processing. Poster presented at the 24th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS), San Francisco, USA, 25 - 28 March.

Reifegerste, J. & Clahsen, H. (2016). Access to Complex Inflectional Paradigms is Preserved in Aging. Oral presentation at the 10th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon, Ottawa, Canada, 19-21 October.

Reifegerste, J. (2016). Illusory licensing effects in younger vs. older adults. Oral presentation at the workshop on Sentence Processing in Multilingual and Other Less Commonly Studied Populations, Potsdam, Germany, 4-5 August.

Reifegerste, J. & Clahsen, H. (2016). Morphological Processing in older L1 and L2 speakers. Oral presentation at the workshop on Impairments in the Mental Lexicon: The case of child and adult bilinguals, Potsdam, Germany, 3 August.

Veríssimo, J., Reifegerste, J., & Clahsen, H. (2016). Morphological structure in native and non-native processing: Linguistic and subject-level factors. Invited talk at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Granada, Spain, 5-8 May.

Reifegerste, J., Meyer, A. S. & Zwitserlood, P. (2015). Morphological processing in younger and older speakers: Evidence from German and Dutch plurals. Talk presented at the Psycho- and neurolinguistic approaches to the grammar-lexicon distinction workshop, Copenhagen, Denmark, 01-03 October.

Prehn, K., Taud, B., Reifegerste, J., Clahsen, H. & Flöel, A. (2015). Neural correlates of morphological processing in older late bilinguals. Talk presented at the 9th International Morphological Processing Conference, Potsdam, Germany, 18-20 June.

Reifegerste, J. & Clahsen, H. (2015). Morphological priming in old-age bilinguals. Talk presented at the 10th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA, 20-24 May.

Reifegerste, J. (2015). Zwei Sprachen in einem Gehirn – Bilingualismus unter der Lupe. [Two languages in one brain – Bilingualism under the microscope.] Talk presented at the Potsdamer Tag der Wissenschaften, Potsdam, Germany, 09 May.

Reifegerste, J., Zwitserlood, P., & Meyer, A. S. (2013). The influence of pseudoword material on the processing of Dutch past-tense verbs. Talk presented at the 8th International Morphological Processing Conference, Cambridge, UK.

Reifegerste, J., & Meyer, A. S. (2012). The influence of Age on the mental representation of polymorphemic words in Dutch. Talk presented at the Morphological Complexity meeting, London, UK.

Reifegerste, J., & Meyer, A. S. (2011). The influence of Age on the mental representation of polymorphemic words in Dutch. Poster presented at the 13th Winter Conference of the Dutch Psychonomic Society (NVP), Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands.

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