Center for Interdisziplinary Research

Pia Knoeferle

CITEC and Department of Linguistics, Bielefeld University, Bielefeld, Germany

Fellow of the ZiF research group "Competition and Priority Control in Mind and Brain: New Perspectives from Task-Driven Vision"


Pia Knoeferle studied English Philology, Romance Studies, Philosophy, and Sports at Regensburg University, Germany (1995-2001). She received a PhD in Computational Linguistics in 2005 ("summa cum laude") as well as the Eduard-Martin Prize for outstanding dissertations at Saarland University, Germany. While on a postdoctoral fellowship at UC San Diego (2007-2008, DFG), she founded a workshop on "Embodied and situated language processing 2007" which has since taken place in Rotterdam (2009), San Diego (2010), Bielefeld (ZiF, 2011), and Northumbria (2012). In January 2009 she became an Assistant Professor for Language & Cognition at the Cognitive Interaction Technology Excellence Center and the Department of Linguistics, Bielefeld University. She is on the editorial board of Frontiers in Language Sciences, and reviews adhoc for PLoS One, Psychophysiology, Visual Cognition, Frontiers in Cognition, Cognitive Science, Brain and Language, JEP: General, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, J Cogn Neuro, Acta Psychologica, QJEP, Cognition, Cognitive Psychology, LCP, and JML, as well as funding agencies such as DFG, NSF, ESRC, and Veni Humanities.

Current Main Research Interests

Dr. Knoeferle examines the real-time interaction of information from non-linguistic context, visual attention, and incremental language comprehension. In her research she has relied upon eye tracking and event-related brain potentials, as well as, collaboratively, computational modeling. Some of the current topics in her group are how a speaker's gaze directs a listener visual attention; how comprehenders use emotional facial expressions during language comprehension; how spatial expressions can guide visual attention; and effects of depicted events on visual attention and spoken language comprehension in children and adults.

Five selected publications with particular relevance to the ZiF Research Group

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