Shirley-Ann Rueschemeyer
Lecturer

Profile

Biography

I received my Masters Degree in Linguistics from the University of Regensburg in Germany in 2001. From there I moved to the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, where I wrote my doctoral dissertation how the bilingual brain processes two distinct languages. After completing the work for my dissertation I became interested in how language processing interacts with other cognitive domains, such as action and perception. To pursue my interest in this field, I joined the Action and Perception Group at the Donders Centre for Cognition in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In the summer of 2011 I joined the Psychology Department at the University of York.

Career

  • 2011 - : Lecturer in Psychology Department, University of York, UK
  • 2007-2011: Research Fellow at Donders Centre for Cognition, Nijmegen, Netherlands
  • 2005-2007: Post Doc in Neuropsychology Group at Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany
  • 2005: Ph.D. in Psychology awarded from University of Leipzig, Germany

Research

Overview

My general research interest is in exploring the cognitive and neural processes underlying human language use. Within this very large field there are two topics which have been of particular interest to me in the past few years: (1) comparing the processes supporting language use in native (L1) vs. non-native (L2) speakers, and (2) testing the limits of embodied language theories.

Research group(s)

Grants

  • 2011 – Brain and Cognition, Dutch research council (together with Harold Bekkering and Rolf Zwaan; 500.000 Euros)
  • 2008 – VENI, Dutch research council (Title: „Featuring Action: On the Semantic Relationship Between Action and Language“; 208.000 Euros)

Collaborators

  • Harold Bekkering,
  • Ton Dijkstra,
  • Peter Hagoort,
  • Marcel Brass,
  • Natalie Sebanz,
  • Roel Willems,
  • Daniel Casasanto,
  • Herbert Schriefers,
  • Angela Friederici,
  • Patti Adank,
  • Anna Borghi,
  • James Kilner

Supervision

Ph.D. Supervision

Wessel van Dam (to be completed 2012), Sophie de Grauwe (to be completed 2013), Kevin Lam (to be completed 2013)

Master’s Project Supervision

Markus van Ackeren (Radboud University, NL, 2011), Flora van Langendonck (Radboud University, NL, 2011), Sanne Schoenmakers (Eindhoven Technical University, NL, 2011), Tom Gijsels (Radboud University, NL, 2011), Alina Latserva (Radboud University, NL, 2010), Margriet van Dijk (Radboud University, NL, 2010), Florian Krause (Radboud University, NL, 2009), Giacomo Novembre (Radboud University, NL, 2009), Christian Pfeiffer (Free University of Berlin, Germany, 2008), Daan van Rooij (Radboud University, NL, 2008), Katrin Wrede (University of Potsdam, Germany, 2006), Agnes Nojack (University of Halle, Germany, 2006), Maxi Limbach (University of Leipzig, Germany, 2006), Katrin Büsing (Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany, 2004)

Publications

Selected publications

  • Van Dam, W. O., van Dijk, M., Bekkering, H., Rueschemeyer, S-A. (in press). Flexibility in embodied lexical-semantic representations. Human Brain Mapping.
  • Rueschemeyer, S.-A., van Rooij, D., Lindemann, O., Willems, R. & Bekkering, H. (2010). The Function of Words: Distinct neural correlates for words denoting differently manipulable objects. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(8), 1844-1851.
  • Rueschemeyer, S.-A., Pfeiffer, C. & Bekkering, H. (2010). Body Schemantics: On the role of the body schema in embodied lexical representations. Neuropsychologia, 48(3), 774-781.
  • Rüschemeyer, S.-A., Nojack, A. & Limbach, M. (2008). A Mouse with a Roof? Effects of Phonological Neighbors on Processing of Words in Sentences in a Non-Native Language. Brain and Language, 104, 132-144.

Full publications list

  • Van Dam, W. O., van Dijk, M., Bekkering, H., Rueschemeyer, S-A. (in press). Flexibility in embodied lexical-semantic representations. Human Brain Mapping.
  • Hirotani, M., Makuuchi, M., Rueschemeyer, S.-A., & Friederici, A.D. (in press). The Neural Correlates of Thematic Reanalysis during Sentence Comprehension. Human Brain Mapping.
  • Lindemann, O., Nuku, P., Rueschemeyer, S.-A., & Bekkering, H. (2011). Grasping the other’s attention: The role of animacy in action cueing of joint attention. Vision Research, 51(8), 940-4.
  • Rueschemeyer, S.-A. , Glenberg, A., Kaschak, M., Mueller, K., & Friederici, A.D. (2010). Listening to sentences describing visual motion activates MT/V5. Frontiers in Cognition.
  • Van Dam, W., Rueschemeyer, S.-A., & Bekkering, H. (2010). Flexibility in embodied lexical-semantic representations. Frontiers in Cognition.
  • Van Dam, W., Rueschemeyer, S.-A., & Bekkering, H. (2010). Action specificity reflected in embodied lexical-semantic representations. NeuroImage, 53(4), 1318-1325.
  • Lindemann, O., Rueschemeyer, S.-A. & Bekkering, H. (2010). Symbols in Numbers: From Numerals to Magnitude Information. BBS Commentary. 32(3-4), 341-342.
  • Rueschemeyer, S.-A., Lindemann, O., van Rooij, D., van Dam, W. & Bekkering, H. (2010). Effects of intentional motor actions on embodied language processing. Experimental Psychology, 57(4), 260-266.
  • Rueschemeyer, S.-A., van Rooij, D., Lindemann, O., Willems, R. & Bekkering, H. (2010). The Function of Words: Distinct neural correlates for words denoting differently manipulable objects. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(8), 1844-1851.
  • Brass M. & Rueschemeyer S.-A. (2010). Mirrors in Science. Cortex, 46, 139-143.
  • Rueschemeyer, S.-A., Pfeiffer, C. & Bekkering, H. (2010). Body Schemantics: On the role of the body schema in embodied lexical representations. Neuropsychologia, 48(3), 774-781.
  • Holle, H., Obleser, J., Rueschemeyer, S.-A. & Gunter, T. (2010). Integration of gesture and speech in inferior frontal and posterior temporal brain areas. NeuroImage, 49(1), 875-884.
  • Rueschemeyer, S.-A., Lindemann, O., van Elk, M., & Bekkering, H. (2009). Embodied cognition: The interplay between automatic resonance and selection-for-action mechanisms. European Journal of Social Psychology, 39(7), 1180-1187.
  • Heim, S., Friederici, A.D., Schiller, N.O., Rüschemeyer, S.-A. & Amunts, K. (2009). The selection of determiner forms for overt language production is supported by cytoarchitectonic left BA44. Human Brain Mapping, 30, 928-940.
  • Holle, H., Gunter, T., Rüschemeyer, S.-A., Hennenlotter, A., Iacoboni, M. (2008). An fMRI investigation of the processing of co-speech gestures. NeuroImage.39, 2010-2024.
  • Rüschemeyer, S.-A ., Nojack, A. & Limbach, M. (2008). A Mouse with a Roof? Effects of Phonological Neighbors on Processing of Words in Sentences in a Non-Native Language . Brain and Language, 104, 132-144.
  • Rüschemeyer, S.-A. , Brass, M. & Friederici, A.D. (2007). Comprehending Prehending: Neural Correlates of Processing Verbs with Motor Stems. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience . 19(5), 855-865
  • Rüschemeyer, S.-A. (2006). Die Verarbeitung von gesprochenen Sätzen von Mutter- und Fremdsprachlern. Materialien Deutsch als Fremdsprache, 71, 85-101.
  • Mueller, J., Rüschemeyer, S.-A. & Friederici, A.D. (2006). Aktivitätsmuster im Gehirn: Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten beim Verstehen von Erst- und Zweitsprache. Neuroforum, 2 , 176-184.
  • Rüschemeyer, S.-A., Zysset, S. & Friederici, A. (2006). Native and non-native reading of sentences: An fMRI Experiment. Neuroimage, 31 , 354-365.
  • Rüschemeyer, S.-A. , Fiebach, C.J., Kempe, V. & Friederici, A.D. (2005). Processing lexical semantic and syntactic information in first and second language: fMRI evidence from German and Russian. Human Brain Mapping, 25, 266-286.
  • Friederici, A.D., Rüschemeyer, S.-A., Hahne, A. & Fiebach, C.J. (2003). The role of left inferior frontal and superior temporal cortex in sentence comprehension: Localizing syntactic and semantic processes. Cerebral Cortex, 13, 170-177.
Books and Book Chapters
  • Rueschemeyer, S.-A. & Bekkering, H. (in press). Embodied representations: Flexible tools for predicting the future. In Y. Coello & A. Bartolo  (Eds.) Language and Action in Cognitive Neurosciences.
  • Friederici, A.D. & Rüschemeyer, S.-A. (2008). Gehirn und Spracherwerb: Biologische und kulturelle Implikationen. In: G. Blanken & Ziegler, W. (Eds.), Neurolinguistik. Zeitschrift für Aphasieforschung und –therapie, 22(2), 114-132. Hochschulverlag: Mainz.
  • Friederici, A.D. & Rüschemeyer, S.-A. (2006). Language Acquisition: Biological versus Cultural Implications for Brain Structure. In P.B. Baltes, P. Reuter-Lorenz & F. Rösler (Eds.) Lifespan Development and the Brain: The Perspective of Biocultural Co-Constructivism. New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • Rüschemeyer, S.-A. (2005) The Processing of Lexical Semantic and Syntactic Information in Spoken Sentences: Neuroimaging and Behavioral Studies of Native and Non-Native Speakers. Max Planck Series in Cognitive Neuroscience, 60.

 

Teaching

Undergraduate

Cognitive Development

External activities

Memberships

  • Cognitive Neuroscience,
  • Human Brain Mapping

Editorial duties

200w 

Contact details

Shirley-Ann Rueschemeyer
Senior Lecturer
Department of Psychology
Room PS/C202

Tel: 01904 322885