Carlotta Isabella Zona

Doctoral project

My doctoral project investigates how visual cues are used to guide sentence processing and comprehension in different populations of speakers (e.g., older adults, non-native speakers), and is supervised by PD Dr. Claudia Felser. Since July 2020, my research is funded by a PhD scholarship from the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes.

Research Interests

  • Sentence processing
  • Multi-modal cue integration
  • Multilingualism
  • Embodied cognition


Zona, C. I. (submitted). On-line effects of visual and syntactic constraints for thematic-role prediction: Evidence from mouse tracking. Cognitive Science.

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. (under review). Integrating morphosyntactic and visual cues for L1 and L2 comprehension.Languages.

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., 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.

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.


30-31.03.2023: Mouse-tracking methods (Workshop contribution) - UiT Arctic University of Norway

SS2021: Multilingualism and Selective Language Impairment (Master's course) - University of Potsdam


  • 2017/2018: Erasmus exchange at the University of Potsdam, Dept. of Cognitive Science and Embodied Cognition;
  • 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).