I studied Linguistics and Psychology at the University of Regensburg in Germany. From there I moved to the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, where I wrote my doctoral dissertation on bilingual language processing. After obtaining my PhD, I did postdoctoral work at the MPI, as well as at the Donders Centre for Cognition in Nijmegen, NL. During this time, I became increasingly interested in how language interacts with other cognitive domains, such as action, perception and social cognition. In the summer of 2011, I joined the Psychology Department at the University of York.
- 2014-present: Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of York, UK
- 2011-2014: Lecturer in Psychology, 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
- 2015-2018 present Chair of the Board of Studies
- 2012-2015 Deputy Chair of the Postgraduate School Board
- 2011-2015 Deputy Chair of the Departmental Research Committee
My general research interest is in exploring the cognitive and neural processes underlying human language use. I am currently interested in understanding how language comprehension is affected by the social environment. In particular, I am interested in how other co-listeners affect the way that we process the utterances of a speaker.
- Social Language Lab
- Psycholinguistics Research Group
- 2017 – Unilever Industry Grant (£20.000, together with Steven Tipper)
- 2015 – British Academy/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (“The neural mechanisms of perspective taking during communication”; 10.000, together with Jonny Smallwood)
- 2011-2015 – Brain & Cognition, Dutch Research Council (“Understanding and improving the development of language skills in primary school children”; 500.000 Euros, together with Harold Bekkering and Rolf Zwaan)
- 2009-2012 – BSI/DCC open competition, Radboud University („Acting on Emotional Language: On the role of action systems in understanding emotional words “; 204.000 Euros)
- 2008-2011 – VENI, Dutch research council („Featuring Action: On the Semantic Relationship Between Action and Language“; 208.000 Euros)
- 2008-2011 – NICI open competition, Radboud University (“Motion is Meaning: On the Semantic Representation of Action-Related Objects”; 204.000 Euros)
- 2008-2011 – NICI open competition, Radboud University (“Is there a ‘stand’ in ‘understanding’? The processing of morphologically complex words in beginning and proficient L2 speakers. ”; 204.000 Euros, granted together with Kristin Lemhofer)
- Jenni Rodd
- Mante Nieuwland
- Falk Huettig
- Ton Dijkstra
- Peter Hagoort
- Marcel Brass
- Natalie Sebanz
- Patti Adank
- Leah Roberts
Zdenko Kohut (due to complete 2018), Tim Vestner (due to complete 2018), Charlotte Murphy (2017), Kevin Lam (2016), Markus van Ackeren (2014), Wessel van Dam (2012)
- Murphy C, Jefferies E, Rueschemeyer S-A, Sormaz M, Wang H, Margulies D, Smallwood J. (2018). Distant from input: Evidence of regions within the default mode network supporting perceptually-decoupled and conceptually-guided cognition. NeuroImage, 171, 393-401.
- Van Ackeren, Smaragdi A, Rueschemeyer S-A (2016) Neuroanl interactions between mentalizing and action systems during indirect request processing. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
- Rueschemeyer, S.-A., Gardner, T., & Stoner, C. (2015). The Social-N400 effect: how the presence of other affects language comprehension. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 22, 128-134.
- Rueschemeyer, S.-A., Eckmann, M., van Ackeren, & Kilner, J. (2014). Observing, performing and understanding actions: Revisiting the role of cortical motor areas in processing of action words. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26(8), 1644-1653.
- Van Ackeren, M., Casasanto, D., Hagoort, P., Bekkering, H., & Rueschemeyer, S.-A. (2012). Pragmatics in Action: Indirect Requests Engage Theory of Mind Areas and the Cortical Motor Network. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 24(11), 2237-2247.
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