Dr. Monique Lamers

Monique Lamers

Previous projects

Hearing Minds (finished in April 2017))

Learning a (programming) language form mistakes  (Academy assistants projects of The Network Institute with Natalia Silvis-Cividjian; September 2015 - June 2016)

  • Although making mistakes is usually associated with negative emotions, making mistakes is by no means “evidence of failure to learn”. Actually, making mistakes may enhance the learning process and might even be essential for an effective learning process. This project focusses on learning from mistakes a new language, be it a foreign human natural or a programming one. Although there are many differences between these two types of languages, both are characterised by sets of rules that constrain the use of certain expressions or forms. Not being familiar with all the rules, learners will make mistakes. The projects sets out to explore possibilities to develop an efficient automatic training system to assist students in learning a new (programming) language. The system uses a more refined manner of assessing students’ knowledge and understanding, that extends beyond traditional assessment tools, with the ultimate goal to turn mistakes into positive learning events

Playing it by ear: serious gaming for better hearing (Academy assistants projects of The Network Institute with Tibor Bosse; April 2014 - January 2015)

  • To improve the hearing quality of hearing impaired individuals, regular training is important. Unfortunately, patients (especially children) are quickly bored by traditional training programs. Additionally, their social and communicative skills, including cognitive control of emotion and motivation, are often less developed. The aim of this project is to explore the potential benefit of gamification to make (computer-based) training applications for hearing impaired children more appealing, and therefore more effective. Mechanisms that will be investigated include fantasy (e.g., using role play), rewards (e.g., the possibility to obtain points or items), and challenge (e.g., controlling the difficulty level).

In search of the referent  (VU University Amsterdam, PI: Monique Lamers)

  • In this project I investigated the influence of different discourse constructional factors (presence of multiple possible referents, distance between the referent and the anaphor, and amount of elaboration of the referents) on anaphor resolution using eye movement registration.

Animacy (NWO project; PI: Helen de Hoop; Co-applicant & Post-doc researcher: Monique Lamers)

Incremental Interpretation of Case and Prominence (NWO-DFG project: Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands,  University Magdeburg, Germany, Max Planck Institut Leipziig, Germany)

Case Cross-linguistically (Pionier project NWO, PI: Helen de Hoop)

Interaction of semantics, syntax and working memory during pronoun processing investigated by temporal and spatial neuroimaging (NWO-DFG project: Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg, Germany- Universiteit Maastricht, The Netherlands; PI: Thomas Münte, Bernadette Jansma)

Language processing and event related potentials (Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, The Netherlands; PI: Laurie Stowe)