Biographical sketch


I currently hold an FWF Hertha Firnberg grant to study visual processing in one and two dimensional patterns at the Medical University of Vienna. I will be conducting visual processing experiments with deaf signers, autistic children as well as fMRI studies with neurotypical adults. I am also currently conducting visual experiments with budgies and pigeons using touchscreens.

I was a visiting researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics  in Frankfurt/Main in 2015/2016.

I  finished my PhD thesis at the University of Vienna, at the Department of Cognitive Biology in 2014. I am currently conducting research on aesthetics in the visual and auditory domain as well as sequential artificial grammar learning. I am particularly interested in the intersection between linguistic structures and structural complexity in other modalities.

I received my master’s degree at the Freie Universität Berlin; I wrote my thesis on language change in the variety of German spoken by Amish communities in the United States. After working in the Psychology department of the University of St Andrews as a research assistant, I moved to lovely Vienna  in 2009 to write a dissertation on the visual perception of patterns.

Besides science, I enjoy painting, calligraphy and long-distance running.


A quilt I made in 2009, based on a traditional patchwork pattern.