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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 articles2 documents

  • 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⟩
  • 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⟩