Prof. Dr. Pienie Zwitserlood

Senior Professor for Psycholinguistics & Cognitive Neuroscience
Institute for Psychology, WWU Münster
Fliednerstraße 21
D-48149 Münster

Phone:  0251-83 34163


Research Areas

  • neurocognition of language comprehension and production
  • plasticity of vocabulary and language learning in adults
  • interface between visual perception and language
  • units of language: segments, syllables, morphemes

Selected Publications

Geukes, S., Gaskell, M.G., & Zwitserlood, P. (2015). Stroop effects from newly learned color words: effects of memory consolidation and episodic context. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 278.

Eden, A., Schreiber, J., Anwander, A., Keuper, K., Laeger, I., Zwanzger, P., Zwitserlood, P., Kugel, H., & Dobel, C. (2015). Emotion regulation and trait anxiety are predicted by the microstructure of fibers between amygdala and prefrontal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(15), 6020-6027.

Takashima A., Wagensveld, B., van Turennout, M., Zwitserlood, P., Hagoort, P., & Verhoeven, L. (2014). Training-induced neural plasticity in visual-word decoding and the role of syllables. Neuropsychologia, 61, 299–314.

Keuper, K., Zwitserlood, P., Rehbein. M., Eden, A., Laeger, I., Junghöfer, M., Zwanzger, P., & Dobel, C. (2013). Early Prefrontal Brain Responses to the Hedonic Quality of Emotional Words – A Simultaneous EEG and MEG Study. PlosOne, 8(8): e70788.

Bölte, J., Dohmes, P., & Zwitserlood, P. (2013). Interference and facilitation in spoken word production: Effects of morphologically and semantically related context stimuli on picture naming. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 42: 255–280.

Dobel, C., Junghöfer, M., Klauke, B., Breitenstein, C., Pantev, C., Knecht, S., & Zwitserlood, P. (2010). New names for known things: On the association of novel word forms with existing semantic information. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(6), 1251-1261.

Academic CV

1982 Advanced Master‘s Degree in Psychology, Nijmegen University.
1989 Dr. rer. soc; Nijmegen University. Promotor: Prof. Dr. W.J.M. Levelt.
1986–1988 Research associate, Interfaculty Research Unit for Language and Speech, Nijmegen University.
1988–1992 Senior researcher, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen.
1993–2014 Full professor of Experimental Psychology, University of Münster, Germany.
2014–now Senior Professor for Psycholinguistics & Cognitive Neuroscience