Joanna started her PhD in Linguistics in October 2019 at the CLCG of the University of Groningen. Her current daily supervisor is Anna Siyanova, and her promotor is Merel Keijzer. She graduated from the Research Master Language and Cognition at the University of Groningen in September 2018 and held various research and teaching assistantships at the University of Groningen between September 2018 and June 2019. Among others, she was a research assistant for Merel Keijzer and helped in research-related tasks and in coordinating the BALAB.
Being a simultaneous bilingual of German and Italian, having lived in five different countries during her studies, and holding a BA in Nordic linguistics, her big passions are everything that is concerned with multilingualism and travelling. Joanna’s fields of expertise are investigating the bilingual mind with psycholinguistic methods such as EEG and self-paced reading, language typology, Germanic/Nordic linguistics, basic statistics in R for linguists, and the investigation of sociolinguistic phenomena.
Joanna's PhD project investigates how language typology categorization affects bilinguals’ general cognition and subconscious concepts. By using psycholinguistic methods like self-paced reading or the event-related potential technique, this project will investigate how typological categorization influences the bilingual mind and how implicit mental processes are modulated by certain social factors. A special focus of this project is gender stereotyping and how we use gender stereotypical information during language processing