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Carlotta Isabella Zona


My doctoral project investigated the role of visual information for sentence processing and comprehension in different populations of speakers (e.g., older adults, non-native speakers). The project was supervised by PD Dr. Claudia Felser and supported through a PhD scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes. Since April 2023, I hold a postdoctoral position at the Potsdam Embodied Cognition Group (PECoG) under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Martin Fischer.

Research Interests

  • Sentence processing
  • Crossmodal integration
  • Embodied cognition


  • July 2023 - June 2026: Post-doctoral research fellow, University of Potsdam, Potsdam Embodied Cognition Group
  • October 2019 - 2023: Ph.D. in Cognitive Science, University of Potsdam, Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism


Zona, C. I., Miklashevsky, A., Fischer, M. H.  (in preparation). Grounded, embodied and situated intelligence in humans and humanoids.

Zona, C. I. (under review). The temporal dynamics of incongruence resolution for situated thematic-role prediction. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research.

Zona, C. I. & Reifegerste, J. (under review). The weighting of syntactic versus visual-context information during comprehension: A lifespan perspective. Psychology and Aging.

Zona, C. I., & Felser, C. (2023). Integrating morphosyntactic and visual cues in L1 and L2 comprehension. Languages, 8(2), 111.

Zona, C. I., Raab, M., Fischer, M. H. (2019). Embodied perspectives on behavioral cognitive enhancement.Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 1-17. doi: 10.1007%2Fs41465-018-0102-3


Zona, C. I., Visually situated thematic-role representations in L1 and L2: An individual difference study. Oral presentation at the 'Embodied and Situated Language Processing' (ESLP) Conference, University of Messina, Italy, 30 September 2023.

Zona, C. I. Visuo-linguistic integration for thematic-role assignment across speakers. Poster presentation at the UMLV Summer School (Understanding and Modeling Linguistic Variability), Potsdam, Germany, 25 August 2023.

Zona, C. I., On-line effects of visual and syntactic cues for sentence processing: A focus on methods. Oral presentation at 'Mouse-tracking Workshop', UiT The Arctic University of Norway, 30 March 2023. (Slides)

Zona, C. I., Mouse tracking for on-line processing: A focus on data analysis. Oral presentation at 'Friday Primes', Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, 25 November 2022.

Zona, C. I. Weighting visual cues for sentence comprehension: A mouse-tracking study. Poster presentation at the 28th 'Architecture and Mechanisms of Language Processing' (AMLaP) Conference, York, UK, 7-9 September 2022.

Zona, C. I., & Reifegerste, J. Weighting visual and linguistic cues for sentence comprehension: A lifespan study. Oral presentation at the 22nd 'Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology' (ESCoP), Lille, France,  29 August-1 September 2022. (Slides)

Zona, C. I., & Reifegerste, J. The weighting of visual-cue information during sentence comprehension across the lifespan. Poster presentation at the 2022 'Cognitive Aging Conference', Atlanta GA, USA, 7-10 April 2022.

Teaching and supervision

WS2023/24: The limbic system: Navigation, memory, and emotion (BSc course) - University of Potsdam

SS2023: BSc thesis supervision (L. Tews)

SS2021: Multilingualism and Selective Language Impairment (MSc course) - University of Potsdam


  • 2017/2018: Erasmus exchange at the University of Potsdam, Potsdam Embodied Cognition Group;
  • 2016 - 2018: MSc in Cognitive Science, Umeå Universitet, Sweden;
  • 2015/2016: Erasmus exchange, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, Dept. of Linguistics;
  • 2014-2018: MA in Germanistics, Uppsala Universitet, Sweden;
  • 2009 - 2012: BA in Foreign Languages and Literatures, Universitá degli Studi di Milano, Italy (110/110).