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Department of Experimental Psychology
, Ghent University

Centre for Psycholinguistics, University of Antwerp
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Department of Experimental Psychology
Ghent University
Henri Dunantlaan 2
B-9000    Ghent, Belgium



No Pic or Pic does not display Rob  Hartsuiker
Language Production
Verbal Self-monitoring
Disfluencies and Speech Errors
Word Recognition


Wendy in France
Wendy De Moor

Visual word recognition
Lexical organization
Neighbor effects
Age of acquisition effects
Methodological issues (mainly concerning masked priming)

Timothy's Pic
Timothy Desmet
Sentence parsing and syntactic ambiguity resolution
Sentence production and corpus frequencies
Syntactic priming
Pronoun resolution
The role of working memory in sentence processing

Wouter Duyck

visual word recognition (in bilinguals)
word translation
phonological coding
the role of verbal working memory in word acquisition
methodological issues (e.g. development of stimulus software, new voice key techniques, ...)

Mandy Ghyselinck
Visual word recognition
Age of acquisition effects
Construction and organisation of the semantic system
Picture recognition

Falk Huettig
Integration of language and vision
Language processing
Conceptual knowledge
Object perception



Sarah Bernolet
Orthography and phonology in reading
Frequency effects in spelling errors
Syntactic priming

Denis Denis Drieghe (PhD, 12 April 2005)
Eye movements in reading
word skipping during reading
Visual word recognition
Visual world paradigm

Sofie in bar

Sofie Schoonbaert
Word recognition
Sentence production


Els Severens
Neurocognition of language
Self-monitoring of speech
Sentence processing


Michael Stevens

Spoken word access processes
Visual word recognition

Undergraduate students (4th- and 5th-years)

  • Cesar Broothaerts. Does 'uhm' help the listener guide visual attention?
  • Mieke Declercq. Syntactic priming of high- and low attachment in monolinguals and bilinguals
  • Ine Janssens. Translation Priming in Dutch-English bilinguals
  • Lies Notebaert. When do production difficulties trigger disfluencies?
  • Bjorn Roelstraete. The Lexical Bias Effect between and within Romance Languages.
  • Sara Speybroeck. Syntactic Priming in a simulated chatting envinroment.
  • Kristof Strijkers. Task Schemas and Lexical Competition in Bilingual Word Recognition.
  • Eva Van Assche. Bilingual word recognition in a sentence context.
  • Dieter Vanderelst. The Frequency Effect as an index of 2nd-language proficiency
  • Liesbeth Vanderherten. Orthographic Priming in visual word recognition

Collaborators within the Department of Experimental Psychology

  • Elie Ratinckx (with Rob Hartsuiker and Els Severens)
  • André Vandierendonck (with Timothy Desmet)
  • Tom Verguts (with Wendy De Moor)

Collaborators within the University

External Collaborators

  • Ines Anton-Mendez, University of Utrecht (with Rob Hartsuiker)
  • Kay Bock, University of Illinois (with Rob Hartsuiker)
  • Melissa Bowerman, MPI Nijmegen (with Falk Huettig)
  • Marc Brysbaert, University of London (with Timothy Desmet, Wendy De Moor, Denis Drieghe, Wouter Duyck, Mandy Ghyselinck, Elie Ratinckx, Sara Speybroeck, Dieter Vanderelst)
  • Chuck Clifton, University of Massachusetts (with Timothy Desmet)
  • Albert Costa, University of Barcelona (with Bjorn Roelstraete and Rob Hartsuiker)
  • Martin Corley, University of Edinburgh (with Cesar Broothaerts, Denis Drieghe,  Rob Hartsuiker, and Lies Notebaert)
  • Fernanda Ferreira, Michigan State University (with Timothy Desmet)
  • Ted Gibson, MIT (with Timothy Desmet)
  • Jonathan Grainger, University of the Provence (with Ine Janssens, Sofie Schoonbaert, Michael Stevens, and Eva Van Assche)
  • John Hale, Michigan State University (with Timothy Desmet)
  • Sarah Haywood, University of Edinburgh (with Rob Hartsuiker)
  • Elizabeth Johnson, MPI Nijmegen (with Falk Huettig)
  • Herman Kolk, University of Nijmegen (with Rob Hartsuiker)
  • Robin Lickley, Queen Margaret University College (with Rob Hartsuiker)
  • Heike Martensen, University of Antwerp (with Sarah Bernolet, Wendy De Moor, Rob Hartsuiker, and Tom Verguts)
  • Asifa Majid, MPI Nijmegen (with Falk Huettig)
  • Scott McDonald, University of Edinburgh (with Falk Huettig)
  • James McQueen, MPI Nijmegen (with Falk Huettig, Rob Hartsuiker and Michael Stevens)
  • Holger Mitterer, MPI Nijmegen (with Falk Huettig)
  • Mits Ota, University of Edinburgh (with Rob Hartsuiker)
  • Mike Page, University of Hertfordshire (with Falk Huettig)
  • Martin Pickering, University of Edinburgh (with Sarah Bernolet, Rob Hartsuiker, and Sofie Schoonbaert)
  • Sandy Pollatsek, University of Massachusetts (with Denis Drieghe)
  • Philip Quinlan, University of York (with Falk Huettig)
  • Keith Rayner, University of Massachusetts (with Denis Drieghe)
  • Dominiek Sandra, University of Antwerp (with Sarah Bernolet)
  • Herbert Schriefers, University of Nijmegen (with Rob Hartsuiker)
  • Laurie Stowe, University of Groningen (with Rob Hartsuiker)
  • Gabriella Vigliocco, University of London (with Rob Hartsuiker)

Departmental Facilities


  • Reaction-Time Labs with Windows PC's (using E-prime, ERTS, and Tscope)
  • Eye-tracking Lab, with an Eye-Link 1 system
  • ERP-lab, with an ANT-system
  • 3T-fMRI scanner (in conjunction with the Medical School)

Software developed in-house

  • Tscope. C-library of functions for programming on-line experiments (Stevens, M., Lammertyn, J., Verbruggen, F. & Vandierendonck,  A. (in press). Tscope: A C library for programming cognitive experiments on the MS Windows platform. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments & Computers.
  • WordGen. Useful tool for constructing word or nonword stimuli in Dutch, English, French, or German (Duyck, W., Desmet, T., Verbeke, L., & Brysbaert, M. (2004). WordGen: A tool for word selection and non-word generation in Dutch, German, English, and French. Behavior Research Methods, Instruments, & Computers, 36(3), 488-499. )

Picture- / Word Norms developed in-house

  • Ghyselinck, M., De Moor, W., & Brysbaert, M. (2000). Age-of-acquisition ratings on 2816 Dutch four- and five-letter nouns. Psychologica Belgica, 40, 77-98.
  • Ghyselinck, M., Custers, R., & Brysbaert M. (2003). Age-of-acquisition ratings for 2332 Dutch words from 49 different semantic categories. Psychologica Belgica, 43-3, 181-214.
  • Severens, E., van Lommel, S., Ratinckx, E., & Hartsuiker, R. J. (in press). Timed picture naming norms for 590 pictures in Dutch. Acta Psychologica.

Representative Publications (2000 - in press)

Belke E., Brysbaert M., Meyer, & Ghyselinck, M. (in press). Age of acquisition effects in picture naming: Evidence for a lexical- semantic competition hypothesis. Cognition.

De Moor, W., & Verguts, T. (in press). When are neighbours hostile? Inhibitory neighbour effects in visual word recognition. Psychological Research.

Desmet, T. , Brysbaert, M., & De Baecke, C. (2002). The correspondence between sentence production and corpus frequencies in modifier attachment. The Quarterly Journal of   Experimental Psychology, 55A (3), 879-896.

Desmet, T. , De Baecke, C., & Brysbaert, M. (2002). The influence of referential discourse context on modifier attachment in Dutch. Memory & Cognition, 30(1), 150-157.

Desmet, T., De Baecke, C., Drieghe, D., Brysbaert, M., & Vonk, W. (in press). Relative clause attachment in Dutch: On-line comprehension corresponds to corpus frequencies when lexical variables are taken into account. Language and Cognitive Processes.

Desmet, T. , & Gibson, E. (2003). Disambiguation preferences and corpus frequencies in noun phrase conjunction. Journal of Memory and Language, 49(3), 353-374.

Drieghe, D., & Brysbaert, M. (2002). Strategic effects in associative priming with words, homophones, and pseudohomophones. Journalof Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory and Cognition, 28, 951-961.

Drieghe, D., Brysbaert, M., & Desmet, T. (2005). Parafoveal-on-Foveal Effects on Eye Movements in Text Reading: Does an extra space make a difference? Vision Research, 45, 1693-1706.

Drieghe, D., Rayner, K., & Pollatsek, A. (in press). Eye movements and word skipping during reading revisited. Journal
of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance.

Duyck, W., & Brysbaert, M. (2004). Forward and Backward Translation in Balanced and Unbalanced Bilinguals Requires Conceptual Mediation:  the Magnitude Effect in Number Translation. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 30(5), 889-906.

Duyck, W., Diependaele, K., Drieghe, D., & Brysbaert, M. (2004). The Size of the Cross-Lingual Masked Phonological Priming Effect Does not Depend on Second Language Proficiency. Experimental Psychology, 51(2), 1-9.

Duyck, W., Szmalec, A., Kemps, E., & Vandierendonck, A. (2003).Verbal Working Memory Is Involved in Associative Word Learning Unless Visual Codes Are Available. Journal of Memory and Language, 48(3), 527-541.

Ghyselinck, M., Lewis, M. B., & Brysbaert, M. (2004). Age of acquisition and the cumulative-frequency hypothesis: A review of the literature and a new multi-task investigation. Acta Psychologica, 115, 43-67.

Ghyselinck, M., Custers, R., & Brysbaert, M. (2004). The effect of age of acquisition in visual word processing; Further evidence for the semantic hypothesis. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 30 (2), 550-554.

Gibson, E., Desmet, T., Watson, D., Grodner, D., & Ko, K. (in press). Reading relative clauses in English. Cognitive Linguistics.

Hartsuiker, R. J., Antón-Méndez, I., & Van Zee, M. (2001). Object attraction in subject-verb agreement construction. Journal of Memory and Language, 45, 546-572.

Hartsuiker, R. J., Corley, M., & Martensen, H. (2005). The lexical bias effect is modulated by context, but the standard monitoring account doesn't fly: Related Beply to Baars, Motley, and MacKay (1975). Jounal of Memory and Language, 52, 58 - 70.

Hartsuiker, R. J., & Kolk, H. H. J. (2001). Error monitoring in speech production:  A computational test of the perceptual loop theory. Cognitive Psychology, 42, 113-157.

Hartsuiker, R. J., Pickering, M. J., & De Jong, N. H. (in press). Semantic and phonological context effects in speech error repair. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition.

Hartsuiker, R. J., Pickering, M. J., & Veltkamp, E. (2004). Is syntax separate or shared between languages? Cross-linguistic syntactic priming in Spanish/English bilinguals. Psychological Science, 15, 409-414.

Hartsuiker, R. J., & Westenberg, C.  (2000). Word order priming in written and spoken sentence production. Cognition, 75, B27-B39.

Huettig, F., & Altmann, G. T. M. (2005). Word meaning and the control of eye fixation: semantic competitor effects and the visual world paradigm. Cognition, 96, B23-B32.

Schoonbaert, S. , & Grainger, J. (2004). Letter position coding in printed word perception: Effects of repeated and transposed letters. Language and Cognitive Processes, 19, 333-367.

Severens, E. , Van Lommel, S., Ratinckx, E. , & Hartsuiker, R. J. (in press). Timed picture naming norms for 590 pictures in Dutch. Acta Psychologica.

Stevens, M. & Grainger, J. (2003). Letter visibility and the viewing position effect in visual word recognition. Perception & Psychophysics.

Stevens, M., Lammertyn, J., Verbruggen F., & Vandierendonck A. (in press). Tscope: A C library for programming cognitive experiments on the MS Windows platform. Behavior Research Methods.