Georgetown University
Department of Neuroscience
Building D, room 235
4000 Reservoir Road, N.W.
Washington D.C. 20057
E-Mail: jr1754@georgetown.edu
Phone: +1-202-687-8489
ResearchGate Profile

 

Education

2014 PhD in Social Sciences, Radboud University (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics),
Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Field: Psycholinguistics
Thesis Title: Morphological Processing in younger and older people: Evidence for flexible dual-route access
Advisors: Antje S. Meyer and Pienie Zwitserlood
2010 Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, McGill University, Canada

 

Publications

Reifegerste, J., Elin, K., & Clahsen, H. (2019). Persistent differences between native speakers and late bilinguals: Evidence from inflectional and derivational processing in older speakers. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 22, 425-440. doi:10.1017/S1366728918000615
Johari, K., Walenski, M., Reifegerste, J., Ashrafi, F., Behroozmand, R., Daemi, M., & Ullman, M. T. (2019). A dissociation between syntactic and lexical processing in Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 51, 221-235. doi:10.1016/j.jneuroling.2019.03.004
Johari, K., Walenski, M., Reifegerste, J., Ashrafi, F., & Ullman, M. T. (2019). Sex, dopamine, and language: A study of inflectional morphology in Parkinson’s disease. Neuropsychology, 33, 508-522. doi:10.1037/neu0000533
Prehn, K., Taud, B., Reifegerste, J., Clahsen, H., & Flöel, A. (2018). Neural correlates of grammatical inflection in older native and second-language speakers. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 21, 1-12. doi:10.1017/S1366728916001206
Reifegerste, J., & Clahsen, H. (2017). Accessing morphosyntactic information is preserved at old age, except for irregulars. The Mental Lexicon, 12, 342-372.
Reifegerste, J., & Felser, C. (2017). Effects of aging on interference during pronoun resolution. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 60, 3573-3589. doi:10.1044/2017_JSLHR-L-17-0183
Clahsen, H., & Reifegerste, J. (2017). Morphological processing in old-age bilinguals. In M. Libben, M. Goral, & G. Libben (Eds.), Bilingualism: A Framework for Understanding the Mental Lexicon (pp. 217-248). Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Reifegerste, J., Hauer, F., & Felser, C. (2017). Agreement processing and attraction errors in aging: Evidence from subject-verb agreement in German. Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition, 24, 672-702. doi:10.1080/13825585.2016.1251550
Reifegerste, J., Meyer, A. S., & Zwitserlood, P. (2017). Inflectional complexity and experience affect plural processing in younger and older readers of Dutch and German. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 32, 471-487. doi:10.1080/23273798.2016.1247213
Clahsen, H., Heyer, V., & Reifegerste, J. (2016). Linguistic perspectives on morphological processing. (Editorial). The Mental Lexicon, 11, 161-163.
Reifegerste, J. (2014). Morphological processing in younger and older people: Evidence for flexible dual-route access. (Doctoral dissertation).

Manuscripts in Submission

Reifegerste, J., Estabrooke, I. V., Maloof, C. J., Johari, K., & Ullman, M. T. (under review). The neurocognition of inflectional morphology: Evidence from sex differences in Parkinson’s disease. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Reifegerste, J., Jarvis, R., & Felser, C. (under review). Native and non-native sentence processing across the adult lifespan: Evidence from agreement attraction in German. Manuscript submitted for publication.
Reifegerste, J., Veríssimo, J., Rugg, M. D., Pullman, M., Babcock, L., Glei, D., Weinstein, M., Goldman, N., & Ullman, M. T. (under review). The neurocognition of inflectional morphology: Evidence from sex differences in Parkinson’s disease. Manuscript submitted for publication.
 

Symposia organized

Reifegerste, J., & Prehn, K. (2017). How aging affects language processing: lexical access and grammatical computation. Symposium organized at the 20th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Potsdam, Germany.

Oral Presentations

Reifegerste, J. (2019). Language and Aging. Invited talk at the State Key Laboratory for Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China.
Reifegerste, J. (2019). Aging and the processing of language. Invited talk at the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.
Reifegerste, J. (2018). Aging and Language: What’s cognition got to do with it?. Invited talk at the Neurolinguistics Laboratory, Department of Language-Hearing Sciences, Graduate Center, City University of New York, New York NY, USA.
Reifegerste, J., Zwitserlood, P., Meyer, A. S., & Ullman, M. T. (2018). Aging affects steaks more than knives: Evidence that lexical processing of words related to motor skills is relatively spared in aging. Talk at the 11th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon, Edmonton, Canada.
Elin, K., Reifegerste, J., & Clahsen, H. (2018). Ageing, bilingualism and language processing: A study of morphological processing in older adults. Talk at the 28th conference of the European Second Language Association (EuroSLA 28), Münster, Germany.
Elin, K., Reifegerste, J., & Clahsen, H. (2018). Persistent differences between native speakers and late bilinguals: Evidence from inflectional and derivational processing in older speakers. Talk at the 2nd International Symposium on Bilingual Processing in Adults and Children (ISBPAC 2018), Braunschweig, Germany.
Reifegerste, J., & Prehn, K. (2017). Grammatical computation versus lexical look-up: selective aging effects in language processing. Talk at the 20th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology, Potsdam, Germany.
Reifegerste, J. (2016). Aging and Language. Invited talk at the Brain and Language Lab, Georgetown University, Washington D.C., USA.
Reifegerste, J., & Clahsen, H. (2016). Access to Complex Inflectional Paradigms is Preserved in Aging. Talk at the 10th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon, Ottawa, Canada.
Reifegerste, J. & Clahsen, H. (2016). Morphological Processing in older L1 and L2 speakers. Talk at the workshop on Impairments in the Mental Lexicon: The case of child and adult bilinguals, Potsdam, Germany.
Reifegerste, J. (2016). Illusory licensing effects in younger vs. older adults. Talk at the Sentence Processing in Multilingual and Other Less Commonly Studied Populations workshop, Potsdam, Germany.
Veríssimo, J., Reifegerste, J., & Clahsen, H. (2016). Morphological structure in native and non-native processing: Linguistic and subject-level factors. Talk at the International Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Granada, Spain.
Reifegerste, J., Meyer, A. S., & Zwitserlood, P. (2015). Morphological processing in younger and older speakers: Evidence from German and Dutch plurals. Talk at the Psycho- and neurolinguistic approaches to the grammar-lexicon distinction workshop, Copenhagen, Denmark.
Prehn, K., Taud, B., Reifegerste, J., Clahsen, H., & Flöel, A. (2015). Neural correlates of morphological processing in older late bilinguals. Talk at the 9th International Morphological Processing Conference, Potsdam, Germany.
Reifegerste, J., & Clahsen, H. (2015). Morphological priming in old-age bilinguals. Invited talk at the 10th International Symposium for Bilingualism, New Brunswick, USA.
Reifegerste, J. (2015). Zwei Sprachen in einem Gehirn – Bilingualismus unter der Lupe. Talk at the Potsdamer Tag der Wissenschaften, Potsdam, Germany.
Reifegerste, J., Zwitserlood, P., & Meyer, A. S. (2013). The influence of pseudoword material on the processing of Dutch past-tense verbs. Talk at the 8th International Morphological Processing Conference, Cambridge, UK.
Reifegerste, J., & Meyer, A. S. (2012). The influence of Age on the mental representation of polymorphemic words in Dutch. Talk at the Morphological Complexity meeting, London, UK.

Poster Presentations

Reifegerste, J., Elin, K., & Clahsen, H. (2018). Morphological processing in aging bilinguals: Evidence from inflectional and derivational priming. Poster at the 11th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon, Edmonton, Canada.
Johari, K., Reifegerste, J., & Ullman, M. T. (2017). Language impairment and improvement in Parkinson’s disease: what, when, and why. Poster presented at the 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore, USA.
Reifegerste, J., Elin, K., & Clahsen, H. (2017). Dissociating derivational and inflectional priming: Evidence from older bilinguals. Poster presented at the 10th International Morphological Processing Conference, Trieste, Italy.
Reifegerste, J., Johari, K., & Ullman, M. T. (2017). Morphological processing impairments in Parkinson’s disease: effects of regularity, disease progression, and sex. Poster presented at the 10th International Morphological Processing Conference, Trieste, Italy.
Reifegerste, J., Hauer, F., & Felser, C. (2016). Attraction errors in aging: Subject-verb agreement in younger and older speakers of German. Poster presented at the 22nd Architecture and Mechanisms for Language Processing Conference (AMLaP), Bilbao, Spain.
Reifegerste, J., & Felser, C. (2015). Illusory licensing effects in young vs. older adults. Poster presented at the Individual differences in language processing across the life span workshop, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
Reifegerste, J., & Meyer, A. S. (2011). The influence of Age on the mental representation of polymorphemic words in Dutch. Poster presented at the 13th Winter Conference of the Dutch Psychonomic Society (NVP), Egmond aan Zee, The Netherlands.

 

Research Experience

Jan 2018 ‑ present Postdoctoral Researcher,
Department of Neuroscience, Georgetown University, USA
Oct 2013 ‑ Dec 2017 Postdoctoral Research Fellow,
Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism, University of Potsdam, Germany
Oct 2010 ‑ Sept 2013 PhD student,
Psychology of Language Department, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Mar 2010 ‑ May 2010 Research Assistant,
Department of Linguistics, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
(supervised by Andrea Gualmini)
Oct 2008 - May 2010 Research assistant,
Department of Psychology, McGill University, Montreal
(supervised by John E. Lydon and Donald M. Taylor)
Mar 2008 ‑ Aug 2008 Research Assistant,
Department of Psychology, University of Leipzig, Germany
(supervised by Mitja Back and Sabine Korek)
Jul 2006 ‑ Oct 2007 Research Assistant,
Department of Comparative and Developmental Psychology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
(supervised by Michael Tomasello)

 

Professional Service

Administrative

2016 Member of the Dissertation committee for Sina Bosch,
University of Potsdam, Germany
2011 ‑ 2013 PhD Representative,
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
2011 ‑ 2013 Member of the Research Facilities Committee and the Intranet Committee,
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Scientific

2015 - 2016 Guest editor for “The Mental Lexicon”, Special Issue “Linguistic perspectives on morphological processing”
2015 Conference Co-Organization “9th International Morphological Processing conference,”
Potsdam Research Institute for Multilingualism, University of Potsdam, Germany
2012 Workshop Organization "Scientific career opportunities outside of academia,”
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Ad hoc reviewer:
Journals: Applied Psycholinguistics; Frontiers in Communication; Frontiers in Psychology; Journal of Memory and Language; Journal of Psycholinguistics Research; Language, Cognition and Neuroscience; PLOS ONE
Grant proposals: NSF Linguistics Program
Conferences: Formal Descriptions of Slavic Languages 12.5; Mental Lexicon
 

 Teaching & Supervision

Spring 2019 Research Module on “Language and Aging”
(undergraduate-level course “ICOS202 - Research Modules: Cognitive Science”),
Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA
Spring 2017 Lecture on “Morphology in neurodegenerative diseases: Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease”
(graduate-level course “Neurolinguistics of Morphology”),
University of Potsdam, Germany
PhD students: Kirill Elin (“Morphological processing at old age”; co-supervised with Harald Clahsen)
MA students: Franziska Hauer (“Agreement attraction and aging”; co-supervised with Claudia Felser),
Marilena Tsopanidi (“Effects of ageing on Greek past tense inflection”; co-supervised with Harald Clahsen)
Agata Marcante ("The role of declarative memory in first-language attrition"; co-mentored with Antonella Sorace and Michael Ullman)
 

Research Grants

German Science Foundation (DFG): Principal Investigator Position (“Eigene Stelle”)
09/01/2019 - 08/31/2022
The Effects of Cognitive Changes across the Adult Lifespan on Lexical and Grammatical Processing
This large-scale study investigates the trajectories of morphological processing over the course of the lifespan (20s to 90s), and how these changes relate to changes in non-linguistic cognition.
Role: Principal Investigator
Total costs: €330,000.

GUMC Partners in Research Award
07/01/2018 - 06/30/2019
How and Why Language Declines in Aging
This project tests how aging affects the learning and remembering of words, and how age-related lexical changes may be explained by concomitant changes to declarative memory.
Role: Co-Investigator
Total costs: $30,000.

 

Awards and Honors

2017 Conference travel grant,
Potsdam Graduate School, University of Potsdam, Germany
2016 Conference travel grant,
Potsdam Graduate School, University of Potsdam, Germany
2015 Conference travel grant,
Potsdam Graduate School, University of Potsdam, Germany
2010 ‑ 2013 PhD scholarship,
Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften, Germany
2010 Dean's Honour List (top 10% of graduating class at the Faculty of Arts in Spring 2010),
McGill University
2008 Study abroad scholarship,
German Academic Exchange Services (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, DAAD)

  

Major Areas of Research Interest

Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory and Language, Aging, Language Production, Language Comprehension, Morphological Processing, Morphosyntax, Bilingualism, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Sex Differences