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Department of Cognitive Science

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Britta Biedermann

Britta Biedermann

Thesis Details

Spoken word production in brain-impaired and normal speakers.

The aim of my research is to investigate what happens during the process of turning thoughts into words. Homophones, words that sound the same but differ in meaning (e.g., money 'bank' & river 'bank'), have been used to investigate how many separate stages are involved in word processing. Three treatment studies involving two aphasic individuals were carried out; the critical variable was their ability to name pictures of homographic homophones (e.g., 'ring'/'ring') and heterographic homophones (e.g., 'flower'/'flour'), after only one homophone partner was trained. The results of two additional experiments with normal speakers, investigating homophone reading aloud and the nature of Tip-of-the-Tongue states, were used to disentangle different stages in spoken word production.

  • Type: PhD
  • Scholarship : iMurs
  • Supervisors : Associate Professor Lyndsey Nickels, Professor Max Coltheart and Professor Gerhard Blanken (External)

ORCID : http://orcid.org/0000-0001-6242-1167

Britta is also a current member of the department. For more information on Britta's research please visit their Department of Cognitive Science profile.

Britta is also a current member of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders. For more information on Britta's research please visit their CCD profile.

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