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ongoing projects

Language and spatial recognition

The interdisciplinary research project with respect to space, language and cognition aims to investigate the perception of specific architectural spaces. This pioneer project is part of the TU Dortmund, and is a collaboration between the Department of Psycholinguistics (German empirical and experimental linguistics) and Architecture (Chair of Civil Engineering). The eye-tracking method is used to investigate visual attention and cognitive mechanisms that serve as the basis for spatial perception.


Role of language in understanding mathematical problems

In this research project, the role of language comprehension in solving mathematical textual problems is investigated. It is carried out in cooperation with Didactics of mathematics (IEEM, Prof. S. Prediger and Team). With the help of Eye-Tracking, a comparative study is conducted on how students of the 5th class, with a strong hold on language and those with a weaker hold solve the allocation of pronouns in comparatively relative simple tasks. Our hypothesis is that the actual deficits that these students exhibit are due to the understanding of the text and language.


Psycholinguistic study of highly gifted people in mathematics and language

In cooperation with Didactic of Mathematics (Prof. S. Hußmann and team), eye-tracking method is used for the first time in this research project to analyse the reading strategies of highly gifted students (7th to 10th grade) in solving mathematically challenging tasks in different display modes (formula , graph and textual task). The focus is to find how the person proceeds by means of reading techniques in such a task, and whether different reading strategies can be revealed with regard to different gauging criteria (such as, mathematics vs. speech) and other variables (like gender, age).


Possessives in cross-linguistic comparison and from learner’s perspective

The project deals with the influence of the first language (L1) on the second language (L2). A language-contrastive perspective is assumed. The focus is on the second language acquisition of reflexive and non-reflexive pronouns in various languages such as German, English, Norwegian, Polish, Czech.

The main focus of this research project at the TU Dortmund is to gain insight into the influence of Czech as L1 on the acquisition of German or Norwegian as L2. For this purpose, the offline questionnaires as well as the eye-tracking method are used.