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Research scientist CNRS (chercheur CNRS) and Aix-Marseille University

Born on the 15th of March 1983 in Rumst (Antwerp - Belgium). I earned my MA in psychology (Theoretical and Experimental Psychology) at the University of Ghent (Belgium) in 2006. Afterwards, I moved to Barcelona (Spain) where I received another MA in Cognitive Neurosciences and Language in 2007 at the Universitat de Barcelona (UB; Spain). In 2007 I started my PhD ("The Electrophysiology of Language Production: Lexical Access in Picture Naming") at the University of Barcelona and I received my PhD title in Cognitive Neuroscience and Language in February 2012. After my PhD I became a Marie Curie post-doctoral fellow of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) at the Laboratoire de Psychology Cognitive (LPC) in France, where I explored the role of intention and goal-directed behavior in language processing with neurophysiological techniques such as ERPs and MEG. Since 2014 I am a full-time CNRS researcher at the Laboratoire Parole et Langage (LPL) in Aix-en-Provence. In my research I attempt to bridge traditional linguistics and psycho-linguistics with neuroscience. In this manner I aim to understand how complex cognitive behavior as language production and comprehension can be explained in terms of basic neurobiological properties of the brain and its neural code. My main topics of research: 1) The spatiotemporal dynamics of language production and comprehension; 2) The role of top-down attention and goal-directed behavior in language processing; 3) The neural representations of words in the monolingual and bilingual brain.

Received Grants (as PI):

  • ANR-DFG Franco-allemand (FRAL) grant (2019-2021): 'PhoNet: Phonological Networks in Speech Production and Perception' (together with Friedemann Pulvermuller at the FUB, as PI of the German Team). Budget: € 500.000
  • ANR JCJC grant (grant nr.: ANR-16-CE28-0007-01) (2016-2020): 'TIBLT: Towards an Integrated Brain Language Theory'.         Budget: € 154.000
  • ILCB grant (ANR-16-CONV-0002) (2018-2020): 'Investigating the neurophysiology of abstract noun production with referential naming tasks' (post-doctoral grant awarded to Dr. Raphael Fargier, with K. Strijkers as supervisor). Budget: € 110.000
  • Intra-European Fellow (IEF) Marie Curie Actions (IEF-2012-302807) (2012-2014): 'ILP: Intention in Language Processing' (post-docotoral grant awarded to K. Strijkers, with J. Grainger as supervisor). Budget: € 165.000

Supervision post-doctoral students:

  • Dr. Raphael Fargier (Investigating the neurophysiology of abstract noun production with referential naming tasks)
  • Dr. Amie Fairs (Towards an integrated brain language theory)

Supervision PhD students:

  • Kseniia Dmitrieva (Phonological Networks in Language Production and Perception) (main supervisor: Kristof Strijkers)
  • Guisy Cirillo (Prediction and allignment in joint action) (co-supervision; main supervisors: Dr. N. Nguyen, Dr. C. Baus)

Teaching (Aix-Marseille University & ILCB):

  • Pedagogic team of the MA 'Cognitive Science' (SciCo)
  • Main responsable of the speciality ('parcours') 'Language, Communication and the Brain' (LCC) of the MA 'SciCo'
  • Responsible teacher of the courses (UEs): 'Language, Communication and the Brain 1' (LCB1; in M1 of SciCo) and 'Language, Communication and the Brain 2' (LCB2; in M2 of SciCo)


Journal articles24 documents

  • Cristina Baus, Mikel Santesteban, Elin Runnqvist, Kristof Strijkers, Albert Costa. Characterizing lexicalization and self-monitoring processes in bilingual speech production. Journal of Neurolinguistics, Elsevier, 2020, 56, pp.100934. ⟨10.1016/j.jneuroling.2020.100934⟩. ⟨hal-02913144⟩
  • Elin Runnqvist, Kristof Strijkers, Albert Costa. Error-based learning and lexical competition in word production: Evidence from multilingual naming. PLoS ONE, Public Library of Science, 2019, 14 (3), pp.e0213765. ⟨10.1371/journal.pone.0213765⟩. ⟨hal-02085672⟩
  • Kristof Strijkers, Valérie Chanoine, Dashiel Munding, Anne-Sophie Dubarry, Agnès Trébuchon, et al.. Grammatical class modulates the (left) inferior frontal gyrus within 100 milliseconds when syntactic context is predictive. Scientific Reports, Nature Publishing Group, 2019, 9, pp.4830. ⟨10.1038/s41598-019-41376-x⟩. ⟨hal-02072504⟩
  • Kristof Strijkers, Albert Costa, Friedemann Pulvermuller. The cortical dynamics of speaking: Lexical and phonological knowledge simultaneously recruit the frontal and temporal cortex within 200 ms. NeuroImage, Elsevier, 2017, 163, pp.206-219. ⟨10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.09.041⟩. ⟨hal-01675296⟩
  • Sebastiaan Mathôt, Jonathan Grainger, Kristof Strijkers. Pupillary Responses to Words That Convey a Sense of Brightness or Darkness. Psychological Science, Association for Psychological Science, 2017, 28 (8), pp.1116-1124. ⟨10.1177/0956797617702699⟩. ⟨hal-01675300⟩
  • Canini Matteo, Rosa Pasquale Anthony Della, Catricalà Eleonora, Branzi Francesca Martina, Costa Albert, et al.. Semantic interference and its control: A functional neuroimaging and connectivity study. Human Brain Mapping, Wiley, 2016, 37 (11), pp.4179-4196. ⟨10.1002/hbm.23304⟩. ⟨hal-01452813⟩
  • Sebastian Mathot, Jonathan Grainger, Kristof Strijkers. Embodiment as preparation: Pupillary responses to words that convey a sense of brightness or darkness. PeerJ, PeerJ, 2016, non paginé. ⟨10.7287/peerj.preprints.1795v1⟩. ⟨hal-01460062⟩
  • Kristof Strijkers. The cortical dynamics of speaking: present shortcomings and future avenues. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, Taylor and Francis, 2016, 31 (4), pp.484-503. ⟨10.1080/23273798.2015.1120878⟩. ⟨hal-01731326⟩
  • Kristof Strijkers, Albert Costa. On words and brains: linking psycholinguistics with neural dynamics in speech production. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, Taylor and Francis, 2016, pp.524-535. ⟨10.1080/23273798.2016.1158845⟩. ⟨hal-01460061⟩
  • Kristof Strijkers. Can hierarchical models display parallel cortical dynamics? A non-hierarchical alternative of brain language theory.. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, Taylor and Francis, 2016, 31 (4), pp.465-469. ⟨10.1080/23273798.2015.1096403⟩. ⟨hal-01460055⟩
  • Kristof Strijkers. A neural-assembly based view on word production: the bilingual test case.. Language Learning, Wiley, 2016, 66 (S2), pp.92 - 131. ⟨10.1111/lang.12191⟩. ⟨hal-01452800⟩
  • Kristof Strijkers, Daisy Bertrand, Jonathan Grainger. Seeing the Same Words Differently : The Time Course of Automaticity and Top–Down Intention in Reading. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press), 2015, 27 (8), pp.1542-1551. ⟨10.1162/jocn_a_00797⟩. ⟨hal-01841732⟩
  • Maria-Angeles Palomar-Garcia, Elisenda Bueicheku, Cesar Avila, Ana Sanjuan, María-Ángeles Palomar-García, et al.. Do bilinguals show neural differences with monolinguals when processing their native language?. Brain and Language, Elsevier, 2015, Vol. 142, 142, pp.36-44. ⟨10.1016/j.bandl.2015.01.004⟩. ⟨hal-01485305⟩
  • Kristof Strijkers, Elin Runnqvist, Albert Costa, Phillip Holcomb. The poor helping the rich: How can incomplete representations monitor complete ones?. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2013, 36 (4), pp.374-375. ⟨10.1017/S0140525X12002695⟩. ⟨hal-01439691⟩
  • Kristof Strijkers, Friedemann Pulvermüller, Albert Costa. PHONEME RELATED SOMATOTPY AND LEXICO-SEMANTIC KNOWLEDGE BECOME ACTIVATED IN PARALLEL WITHIN 200 MS DURING OBJECT NAMING.. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Press (MIT Press), 2013, pp.164. ⟨hal-01439668⟩
  • Cristina Baus, Kristof Strijkers, Albert Costa. When does word frequency influence written production?. Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers, 2013, 4, pp.963. ⟨10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00963⟩. ⟨hal-00927472⟩
  • Clara D. Martin, Kristof Strijkers, Mikel Santesteban, Carles Escera, Robert J. Hartsuiker, et al.. The impact of early bilingualism on controlling a language learned late: an ERP study. Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers, 2013, 4, pp.815. ⟨10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00815⟩. ⟨hal-01439690⟩
  • Kristof Strijkers, Cristina Baus, Elin Runnqvist, Ian Fitzpatrick, Albert Costa. The temporal dynamics of first versus second language production. Brain and Language, Elsevier, 2013, 127 (1), pp.6-11. ⟨10.1016/j.bandl.2013.07.008⟩. ⟨hal-01439682⟩
  • Elin Runnqvist, Kristof Strijkers, F-Xavier Alario, Albert Costa. Cumulative semantic interference is blind to language: Implications for models of bilingual speech production. Journal of Memory and Language, Elsevier, 2012, 66 (4), pp.850-869. ⟨10.1016/j.jml.2012.02.007⟩. ⟨hal-01439701⟩
  • Kristof Strijkers, Albert Costa. Riding the Lexical Speedway: A Critical Review on the Time Course of Lexical Selection in Speech Production. Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers, 2011, 2, ⟨10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00356⟩. ⟨hal-02096517⟩
  • Elin Runnqvist, Kristof Strijkers, Jasmin Sadat, Albert Costa. On the temporal and functional origin of L2 disadvantages in speech production: a critical review. Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers, 2011, 2, ⟨10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00379⟩. ⟨hal-01440396⟩
  • Kristof Strijkers, Phillip Holcomb, Albert Costa. Conscious intention to speak proactively facilitates lexical access during overt object naming. Journal of Memory and Language, Elsevier, 2011, 65 (4), pp.345-362. ⟨10.1016/j.jml.2011.06.002⟩. ⟨hal-02096508⟩
  • Kristof Strijkers, Albert Costa, Guillaume Thierry. Tracking Lexical Access in Speech Production: Electrophysiological Correlates of Word Frequency and Cognate Effects. Cerebral Cortex, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2010, 20 (4), pp.912-928. ⟨10.1093/cercor/bhp153⟩. ⟨hal-02096524⟩
  • Albert Costa, Kristof Strijkers, Clara Martin, Guillaume Thierry. The time course of word retrieval revealed by event-related brain potentials during overt speech. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America , National Academy of Sciences, 2009, 15, pp.21442 - 21446. ⟨hal-02096529⟩

Conference papers1 document

  • Kristof Strijkers, Amie Fairs, Amandine Michelas, Sophie Dufour. The time-course of lexical and sub-lexical processing in language production versus perception as revealed by event-related brain potentials. 11th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology, Aug 2019, Helsinki, Finland. ⟨hal-02399949⟩

Poster communications1 document

  • Giusy Cirillo, Cristina Baus, Elin Runnqvist, Kristof Strijkers, Noël Nguyen. Adaptive prediction in the joint production of speech. 8th bi-annual Joint Action Meeting (JAM), Jul 2019, Genova, Italy. ⟨hal-02091788⟩