Psycho- and neurolinguistic laboratory

University of Salzburg

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Core facility (CF)

Short Description

Eyetracking: eyelink system; Basic equipment, reading and language processing research.
EEG (electroencephalography), Brain Vision Analyzer, EEG Scanner: non-invasive method for the measurement of event-related potentials (ERPs).
State of the art method of language processing research.
Computerized Speech Lab (CSL): Workstations (2005) - O2 and Fuel - including analysis program XWAVES; Lingwaves voice field diagnostics / voice therapy.
Electroglottography: Survey of pathological and nonpathological vocal and articulation parameters.
Palatometry: Measuring device for precise localization of the articulatory activity by means of a pseudo palate, articulatory phonetics.
Audiometer: Audiograms and tympanometry.
Testothek: psychometric methods: speech acquisition, language development disorders, acquired speech disorders and nonverbal intelligence.
Audiovisual equipment.
Data collection / processing.

Contact Person

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Roehm

Research Services

Neurobiology of language
Predictive processing of language comprehension
Neural correlates of the processing of disturbed / undisturbed speech
Discourse processing
Sign Language Research
Interference in speech processing
Parafoveal processing while reading
Fixation-corrected brain potentials
Combined measurement of EEG, NIRS and eye movements
Language comprehension and language development in children with cochlear implant
Sound field measurement
Clinical audiometry
Electroplating by means of a pseudo-throat

Methods & Expertise for Research Infrastructure

The combination of theoretical, experimental and clinical linguistics with cognitive and neuro science leads to a deeper understanding of the human language ability and allows comprehensive insights into the brain processes and structures involved in speech abilities.
The use of the EEG, NIRS, eye movement measurement, combined with behavioral measures (such as acceptability, reaction time, speech tests) and clinical procedures (eg, voice measurement, electroplating) enables the study of speech at cognitive and neurobiological levels.
The resulting knowledge forms the basis for the modeling of linguistic / cognitive processes.

The psycho- / neurolinguistics and the clinical laboratory is covering the following fields of application:

a) Speech processing (phonetic, phonetic and gesture speech processing):
Language processing as a psycho- / neurolinguistic discipline encompasses the areas of language acquisition, syntax processing, lexical access (semantics), and pragmatics. As a neurolinguistic discipline, speech processing is investigated under the influence of acquired and development-related disorders, especially in the case of literary impairments such as dyslexia. In addition, the language comprehension / language processing is examined in children with cochlear implants as well as in elderly and people with dementia.

b) Articulatory phonetics & language perception: Diagnostics and description of development-related and acquired articulation disorders, descriptive phonetics in the field of language acquisition, second language acquisition and dialect research. Analysis and description of auditory perception, especially in auditory deficits, e.g. Deafness and hardness of hearing, order threshold deficits and deficient sensory speech motor skills.

c) Speaking Test: with state of the art equipment on language skills covering all aspects of language research (speech acquisition, language development disorders, acquired speech disorders and nonverbal intelligence) covers the entire range of known speech phenomena from phonetic to non-verbal intelligentsia.

The working group "Neurobiology of Language" deals with the investigation of speech processing processes (various languages, sign language) and their neurobiological foundations taking into account all linguistic levels (phonetics, lexic, syntax, semantics, discourse).

Prof. Dr. Dietmar Roehm
Fachbereich Linguistik
0043 662 8044 4271
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Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience Salzburg (CCNS), University of Salzburg
School of Education, University of Salzburg
Department of English and Linguistics, University Mainz
Purdue University (USA)
University of South Australia (Australia)
Marking the Counterfactual: ERP evidence for pragmatic processing of German subjunctives.
Kulakova E., Freunberger D. & Roehm D.
Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8:548, 1-10
DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00548.

Seeing the unforeseen: eye- tracking reading paths in multimodal webpages
Kaltenbacher M. and Kaltenbacher T.
Building Bridges for Multimodal Research. International Perspectives on Theories and Practices of Multimodal Analysis. Sprache Medien Innovationen Band 7. Bern/New York: Peter Lang, 227-245 . Wildfeuer, Janina (ed.)

Foreign Accent Syndrom: Diagnostische und therapeutische Möglichkeiten.
Jezek M., de Langen E.G., Kaltenbacher T. & Frenkenberger G.
Logos. Die Fachzeitschrift für akademische Sprachtherapie und Logopädie, Ausg. 4: PROLOG, 244-255