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Education

PhD, 2009-2013
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
Thesis on processing and anticipating language referring to objects
Advisors: Dr. Falk Huettig, Dr. Antje S. Meyer

MSc Cognitive Neuroscience, 2007-2009
Radboud University Nijmegen
Thesis on semantic expectancy in the comprehension of idiomatic expressions
Advisors: Dr. Marcel C. M. Bastiaansen, Dr. Ton Dijkstra

BA General Linguistics, 2004-2007
Minors in Cognitive and Biological Psychology
University of Groningen
Thesis on processing orthographic neighbors in sentence context
Advisor: Dr. Laurie A. Stowe

Professional

NWO Veni fellow, 2016-present
Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Radboud University Nijmegen

Postdoctoral researcher, 2014-2016
Department of Psychology and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
PI: Dr. Kara D. Federmeier

Postdoctoral researcher, 2013-2014
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and Radboudumc, Radboud University Nijmegen
PI: Dr. Peter Praamstra

Publications

Piai, V., Rommers, J., & Knight, R.T. (in press). Lesion evidence for a critical role of left posterior but not frontal areas in alpha-beta power decreases during context-driven word production. European Journal of Neuroscience.

Rommers, J., Meyer, A. S., & Praamstra, P. (2017). Lateralized electrical brain activity reveals covert attention allocation during speaking. Neuropsychologia, 95, 101–110. (pdf)

Rommers, J., & Federmeier, K. D. (in press). Electrophysiological methods. In A. M. B. de Groot & P. Hagoort (Eds.), Research Methods in Psycholinguistics and the Neurobiology of Language. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Blackwell. (pdf)

Rommers, J., Dickson, D. S., Norton, J. J. S., Wlotko, E. W., & Federmeier, K. D. (2017). Alpha and theta band dynamics related to sentential constraint and word expectancy. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 32(5), 576-589. (pdf)

Piai, V., Roelofs, A., Rommers, J., Dahlslätt, K., & Maris, E. (2015). Witholding planned speech is reflected in synchronized beta-band oscillations. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 549. (pdf)

Rommers, J., Meyer, A. S., & Huettig, F. (2015). Verbal and nonverbal predictors of language-mediated anticipatory eye movements. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 77(3), 720-730. (pdf)

Piai, V., Roelofs, A., Rommers, J., & Maris, E. (2015). Beta oscillations reflect memory and motor aspects of spoken word production. Human Brain Mapping, 36(7), 2767–2780. (pdf)

Rommers, J., Meyer, A. S., Praamstra, P., & Huettig, F. (2013). The contents of predictions in sentence comprehension: Activation of the shape of objects before they are referred to. Neuropsychologia, 51(3), 437-447. (pdf)

Rommers, J., Dijkstra, T., & Bastiaansen, M. C. M. (2013). Context-dependent semantic processing in the human brain: Evidence from idiom comprehension. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25(5), 762-776. (pdf)

Rommers, J., Meyer, A. S., & Huettig, F. (2013). Object shape and orientation do not routinely influence performance during language processing. Psychological Science, 24(11), 2218-2225. (pdf)

Huettig, F., Rommers, J., & Meyer, A. S. (2011). Using the visual world paradigm to study language processing: A review and critical evaluation. Acta Psychologica, 137, 151-171. (pdf)

Manuscripts submitted/in preparation

Shao, Z., & Rommers, J. (submitted). How a question context aids lexical access in speaking: Evidence from the picture-word interference paradigm.

Rommers, J., & Federmeier, K. D. (submitted). Predictability’s aftermath: Downstream consequences of word predictability as revealed by repetition effects.

Presentations

Conference talks

Shao, Z., & Rommers, J. (2015). Can context aid lexical selection during speaking? Talk presented at the International Symposium of Psycholinguistics, July 1-4, Valencia, Spain.

Rommers, J., Meyer, A. S., Piai, V., & Huettig, F. (2013). Constraining the involvement of language production in comprehension: A comparison of object naming and object viewing in sentence context. Talk presented at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP), Sept 2-4, Marseille, France.

Rommers, J., Meyer, A. S., Praamstra, P., & Huettig, F. (2013). Anticipating references to objects during sentence comprehension. Talk presented at the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS), July 3-5, Bangor, Wales.

Rommers, J., Meyer, A. S., & Huettig, F. (2012). Predicting upcoming meaning involves specific contents and domain-general mechanisms. Talk presented at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP), Sept 6-8, Riva del Garda, Italy.

Rommers, J., Meyer, A. S., Praamstra, P., & Huettig, F. (2012). Object shape representations in the contents of predictions for upcoming words. Talk presented at Psycholinguistics in Flanders (PiF), June 6-7, Berg en Dal, The Netherlands.

Rommers, J., Meyer, A. S., Praamstra, P., & Huettig, F. (2012). The content of predictions: Involvement of object shape representations in the anticipation of upcoming words. Talk presented at Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), symposium “The role of prediction during language processing”, April 4-6, Mannheim, Germany.

Rommers, J., Bastiaansen, M. C. M., & Dijkstra, T. (2011). Context-dependent semantic processing: Electrophysiological evidence from idiom comprehension. Talk presented at the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCoP), symposium “Processing frequent multi-word expressions” (F. Vespignani & C. Cacciari), Sept 29-Oct 2, Donostia-San Sebastián, Spain.

Bastiaansen, M. C. M., & Rommers, J. (2009). Are literal word meanings activated during idiom comprehension? Talk presented at the NVP Winter Conference, Dec 18-19, Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands.

Rommers, J., Bastiaansen, M. C. M., & Dijkstra, T. (2009). Literal word meaning activation during idiom comprehension. Talk presented at the TABUdag, June 11, Groningen, The Netherlands.

Conference posters

Van Bergen, G., Rasenberg, M., & Rommers, J. (2017). On-line expectation management during discourse comprehension. Poster presented at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL), Nov 8-10, Baltimore, USA.

Piai, V., Rommers, J., & Knight, R. T. (2017). Evidence for a causal link between left temporo-parietal alpha-beta desynchronisation and context-driven word production. Poster presented at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL), Nov 8-10, Baltimore, USA.

Rommers, J., & Federmeier, K. D. (2017). Lingering predictions: A pseudo-repetition effect for previously expected but not presented words. Poster presented at the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR), Oct 11-15, Vienna, Austria.

Piai, V., Rommers, J., & Knight, R. T. (2017). Evidence for causal link between left temporal lobe alpha-beta desynchronisation and word retrieval. Poster presented at the International Conference for Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON), Aug 5-8, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Rommers, J., & Federmeier, K. D. (2017). Lingering predictions: A pseudo-repetition effect for previously expected but not presented words. Poster presented at the International Conference for Cognitive Neuroscience (ICON), Aug 5-8, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Rommers, J., & Federmeier, K. D. (2016). Downstream repetition effects reveal impoverished representations for predictable words. Poster presented at the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR), Sept 21-25, Minneapolis, USA.

Shao, Z., & Rommers, J. (2016). How does context aid lexical access? Poster presented at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP), Sept 1-3, Bilbao, Spain.

Rommers, J., & Federmeier, K. D. (2016). Downstream repetition effects reveal a lack of episodic traces for predictable words. Poster presented at the CUNY Conference on Human Sentence processing, March 3-5, Gainesville, USA.

Rommers, J., Hubbard, R. J., & Federmeier, K. D. (2016). Effects of sentential constraint and expectancy on subsequent memory in older adults. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Apr 2-5, New York, USA.

Rommers, J., Dickson, D. S., Norton, J. J. S., Wlotko, E. W., & Federmeier, K. D. (2015). Frontal theta and disconfirmed predictions in language. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society, Nov 19-22, Chicago, USA.

Rommers, J., Meyer, A. S., & Praamstra, P. (2015). Tracking double-object naming using the N2pc. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society, Nov 19-22, Chicago, USA.

Hubbard, R. J., Rommers, J., Jacobs, C. L., & Federmeier, K. D. (2015). Electrophysiological predictors of successful memory during encoding of sentential information vary based on constraint and predictability. Poster presented at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL), Oct 15-17, Chicago, USA.

Rommers, J., Dickson, D. S., Norton, J. J. S., Wlotko, E. W., & Federmeier, K. D. (2015). Frontal theta and disconfirmed predictions. Poster presented at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL), Oct 15-17, Chicago, USA.

Rommers, J., Meyer, A. S., & Praamstra, P. (2015). Tracking double-object naming using the N2pc. Poster presented at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL), Oct 15-17, Chicago, USA.

Hubbard, R. J., Rommers, J., Jacobs, C. L., & Federmeier, K. D. (2015). Effects of expectedness and sentential constraint on memory for words: Behavioral and electrophysiological evidence. Poster presented at the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR), Sept 30-Oct 4, Seattle, USA.

Rommers, J., Dickson, D. S., Norton, J. J. S., Wlotko, E. W., & Federmeier, K. D. (2015). Frontal theta and disconfirmed predictions in the language domain. Poster presented at the Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR), Sept 30-Oct 4, Seattle, USA.

Piai, V., Roelofs, A., Rommers, J., & Maris, E. (2015). Beta oscillations reflect memory and motor aspects of spoken word production. Poster presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society (CNS), March 28-31, San Francisco, USA.

Piai, V., Roelofs, A., Rommers, J., & Maris, E. (2014). Planning for word production, but not predicting, engages the language production cortical network. Poster presented at the Psychonomic Society, November 20-23, Long Beach, USA.

Rommers, J., & Huettig, F. (2014). Limits to cross-modal semantic and object shape priming in sentence context. Poster presented at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP), Sept 3-6, Edinburgh, UK.

Rommers, J., & Huettig, F. (2014). Limits to cross-modal semantic and object shape priming in sentence context. Poster presented at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (SNL), Aug 27-29, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Piai, V., Roelofs, A., Rommers, J., & Maris, E. (2014). Beta-band desynchronisation in the language production network during spoken word planning. Poster presented at the International Workshop on Language Production, July 16-18, Geneva, Switzerland.

Rommers, J., Meyer, A. S., & Huettig, F. (2011). The timing of the on-line activation of visual shape information during sentence processing. Poster presented at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP), Sept 1-3, Paris, France.
*Won the student poster prize.

Rommers, J., Huettig, F., & Meyer, A. S. (2011). Task-dependency in the activation of visual representations during language processing. Poster presented at the Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen (TeaP), March 14-16, Halle (Saale), Germany.

Rommers, J., Huettig, F., & Meyer, A. S. (2010). Task-dependency in the activation of visual representations during language processing. Poster presented at The Embodied Mind: Perspectives and Limitations, Oct 27-28, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Rommers, J., Huettig, F., & Meyer, A. S. (2010). Task-dependent activation of visual representations during language processing. Poster presented at Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP), Sept 6-8, York, UK.

Stowe, L. A., Rommers, J., Loerts, H., Timmerman, J., Temmink, E. (2010). Word frequency and misspelling: Effects of presentation speed. Poster presented at the International Conference on Cognitive Science, June 22-26, Tomsk, Russia.

Rommers, J., Bastiaansen, M. C. M., & Dijkstra, T. (2009). Is a lamp always a lamp? Interpreting words in idioms. Poster presented at the Endo-Neuro-Psycho Meeting (ENP), June 5, Doorwerth, The Netherlands.

Stowe, L. A., Rommers, J., Loerts, H., & Hoeks, J. C. J. (2008). Processing misspelled words in sentence context: An ERP study. Poster presented at the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM), June 18, Melbourne, Australia.

Invited talks

University of Chicago, Psychology Department. Oscillatory brain dynamics and the repetition effect reveal consequences of predictability for word processing. Cognitive Brown Bag, 2016

Erasmus University Rotterdam, Psychology Department. Exploring the mechanisms underlying predictive language processing. Brain & Cognition talk, 2013

Local talks

Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen. ERP and oscillations studies on prediction. Symposium on The Neurobiology of Prediction in Language Processing, 2017

University of Illinois, Psychology Department. Consequences of word predictability as revealed by the (pseudo)repetition effect. Language Processing Brown Bag, 2016

University of Illinois, Beckman Institute. EEG dynamics and the repetition effect reveal consequences of predictability for word processing. Cognitive Neuroscience Brown Bag, 2016

University of Illinois, Psychology Department. Downstream repetition effects reveal a lack of episodic traces for predictable words. Language Processing Brown Bag, 2015

University of Illinois, Psychology Department. Predictive language processing: Contents and mechanisms. Cognitive Brown Bag, 2015

Donders Institute, Nijmegen. Constraints on production-based prediction. Language and Communication Theme Meeting, 2014

Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen. Constraining the involvement of language production in comprehension. MPI Proudly Presents, 2013

Max Planck Institute, Nijmegen. Object shape representations and anticipation in sentence processing. Lunch Talk, 2013

Donders Institute, Nijmegen. Mediating factors between linguistic input and the activation of visual representations. Language and Communication Theme Meeting, 2011

Activities and experience

Reviewing

Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing (AMLaP) conference
Bilingualism: Language and Cognition (2)
Brain and Cognition
Brain and Language (2)
Cognition (2)
Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience
Cognitive Science conference (3)
Cognitive Processing
Cortex
CUNY Conference on Human Sentence Processing (10)
Embodied and Situated Language Processing conference
Experimental Brain Research
Frontiers in Psychology (2)
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience (2)
Journal of Cognitive Psychology
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition (7)
Journal of Memory and Language
Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research
Laboratory Phonology
National Science Foundation (NSF) funding agency
Neuropsychologia
PLoS ONE
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Psychophysiology
Psychological Science
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (2)
Scientific Reports
Springer press

Other service and outreach

Blog contributor, Dutch outreach website “Het Talige Brein” (Language and the Brain), post “Should education be adapted to the student’s learning style?”, 2017
(link to blog)

Doctoral examination board, Dr. Ashley G. Lewis, thesis “Explorations of beta-band neural oscillations during language comprehension: Sentence processing and beyond”, 2017

Assessment panel member, PhD fellowship applications International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, 2017

Open House volunteer, engaged the general public in a brain game, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, 2015

Initiator and co-organizer of Journal Club, MPI Psychology of Language Department, 2012-2014

Co-organizer of Questions & Answers initiative, an outreach website that provides answers to scientific questions submitted by the general public, 2014
(www.mpi.nl/q-a/questions-and-answers)

Co-ordinator of Speech Recordings lab, MPI for Psycholinguistics, 2013-2014

Co-organizer of MPI lunch talk series, 2011-2012

Co-organizer of workshop Relations in Relativity: New Perspectives on Language and Thought, 2012
(www.mpi.nl/events/relations-in-relativity)

Teaching

Guest lecturer, Measuring and Drawing Inferences from Event-Related Brain Potentials, Cognitive Psychophysiology, University of Illinois, 2016

Co-instructor, Workshop Mixed-effects Regression Modeling of EEG Data, Beckman Institute, University of Illinois, 2015

Instructor of record, Introduction to Data Analysis with R (four sessions), International Max Planck Research School for Language Sciences, 2014

Guest lecturer, Expectations during Sentence Comprehension, Experimental Linguistics, University of Groningen, 2010

Membership of professional organizations

Association for Psychological Science
Cognitive Neuroscience Society
Psychonomic Society
Society for the Neurobiology of Language
Society for Psychophysiological Research

Other experience

Intern for MSc thesis, MPI for Psycholinguistics, 2008-2009

Intern for BA thesis, Neuroimaging Center (NiC) Groningen, 2007

Research assistant to Dr. Charlotte Gooskens, Scandinavian Department, University of Groningen, 2006

Honors, awards, funding

Veni grant (€250,000; 15% acceptance rate), the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), 2016

PhD degree awarded cum laude (highest distinction), 2013

Poster prize (1 out of 190), Architectures and Mechanisms for Language Processing, 2011

MSc degree cum laude, 2009

BA degree cum laude, 2007

Selected further education

Advanced Data Analysis and Source Modeling of EEG/MEG Data, Robert Oostenveld, Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen, 2017
Time-frequency Analysis, Mike X. Cohen, 2016
Human Memory, Aaron S. Benjamin, 2016
Mini ERP Boot Camp, Steven J. Luck, 2014
Various courses on mixed-effects modeling in R, Dale J. Barr, Mirjam Ernestus, Dan Dediu, 2010-2012
Structural Equation Modeling, William van der Veld, 2012
Language Processing, Martin J. Pickering, 2011

Skills

Electrophysiology; Eye-tracking; Advanced statistics.

Software, toolboxes, languages: Biosemi Actiview, BrainVision Recorder/Analyzer, EEGlab/ERPlab, Fieldtrip, Matlab, NBS Presentation, Perl, Praat, Psychtoolbox, R, SPSS, SR Experiment Builder, Tobii Studio.

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