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Prof. Dr. Evelyn Ferstl

Kognitionswisssenschaft und Genderforschung
Universität Freiburg
April - Sept. 2012

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Evelyn Ferstl received a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Colorado in Boulder in 1995. At the Max-Planck-Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience in Leipzig, and the Day Clinic for Cognitive Rehabilitation in Leipzig, she expanded her research interests in discourse comprehension and communication to include neurolinguistic patient studies and neuroimaging methodology. After her habilitation in 2006 and a stay at the Hanse-Institute of Advanced Studies in Delmenhorst, she declined a professorship for Clinical Linguistics at the University of Marburg. She was Senior Lecturer at the University of Sussex from 2006-2010. Since 2011, Evelyn Ferstl has been professor for Cognitive Science and Gender Studies at the Albert-Ludwigs-University Freiburg.


Publikationen (Auswahl)



  • Citron, F.M.M., Weekes, B. S., & Ferstl, E.C. (in press). How are affective word ratings related to lexico-semantic properties? Evidence from the Sussex Affective Word List (SAWL). Applied Psycholinguistics.
  • Ferstl, E. C., (im Druck). Theory-of-Mind und Kommunikation: Zwei Seiten der gleichen Medaille? In H. Förstl (Ed.), Theory of Mind: Neurobiologie und Psychologie sozialen Verhaltens, 2te Auflage. Heidelberg: Springer.
  • Ferstl, E. C., Manouilidou, C., & Garnham, A. (2011). Implicit causality bias in English: A corpus of 300 verbs. Behavior Research Methods, 43, 124–135.
  • Franzmeier, I., Hutton, S. B. & Ferstl, E. C. (2011). The role of the temporal lobe in contextual sentence integration: A single pulse TMS study. Cognitive Neuroscience, 3(1), 1-7.
  • Ferstl, E. C., & Spurr, K. (2010). Warum ist das witzig? Verstehen und Produktion von Ironie nach Hirnschädigung [Why is this funny: Comprehension and productino of irony after brain damage]. Aphasie & Verwandte Gebiete, 25(3), 5-23.
  • Ferstl, E. C. (2010). The neuroanatomy of discourse comprehension: Where are we now? In: V. Bambini (Hrsg.), Neuropragmatics, Special Issue of Italian Journal of Linguistics, 22, 61-88.
  • Hunger, B., Siebörger, F. T., & Ferstl, E. C. (in press). Spass beiseite! Eine behavio¬rale Patientenstudie zu verbalem Humor und sprachlicher Revision [All joking aside: A behavioral patient study on verbal humour and linguistik revision]. Neurolinguistik.
  • Jentzsch, T., Guthke, T., & Ferstl, E. C. (in press). Das Verstehen von emotionalen und zeitlichen Aspekten des Situationsmodells: Defizite von Patienten mit frontaler Hirnschädigung. [The comprehension of emotional and temporal aspects of situation models: Deficits of patients wiht frontal lobe lesions]. Neurolinguistik.
  • Volkmann, B., Siebörger, F. Th., & Ferstl, E.C. (2008). Spass beiseite? Materialien zur neurologischen Rehabilitation [All joking aside: Materials for neuropsychological rehabilitation] (400 pages). Hofheim, D: NAT-Verlag.
  • Ferstl, E. C., Neumann, J., Bogler, C. & von Cramon, D. Y. (2008). The extended language network: A meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies on text comprehension. Human Brain Mapping, 29, 581-593.
  • Ferstl, E. C., & von Cramon, D. Y. (2007). Time, space and emotion: fMRI reveals content specific activation during text comprehension. Neuroscience Letters, 427, 159-164.
  • Siebörger, F. T., Ferstl, E. C., & von Cramon, D. Y. (2007). Making sense of non-sense: An fMRI study of task induced coherence processes. Brain Research, 1166, 77-91.
  • Ferstl, E. C., Rinck, M., & von Cramon, D. Y. (2005). Emotional and temporal aspects of situation model processing during text comprehension: An event-related fMRI study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 17, 724-739.
  • Ferstl, E. C., & von Cramon, D. Y. (2002). What does the fronto-median cortex contribute to language processing: Coherence or Theory of Mind? NeuroImage, 17, 1599-1612.
  • Ferstl, E. C., Guthke, T., & von Cramon, D. Y. (2002). Text comprehension after brain injury: Left prefrontal lesions affect inference processes. Neuropsychology, 16, 292-308.
  • Zysset, S., Huber, O., Ferstl, E. C., & von Cramon, D. Y. (2002). The anterior fronto-median cortex and evaluative judgment: An fMRI study. NeuroImage, 15, 983-991.
  • Ferstl, E. C., & von Cramon, D. Y. (2001). The role of coherence and cohesion in text comprehension: An event-related fMRI study. Cognitive Brain Research, 11, 325-340




Gender differences in text comprehension: A neuroscientific approach

Gender differences in language comprehension are hotly debated. Women and girls seem to have an advantage in many language tasks. However, many of the studies are based on low level tasks on the word level. The goal of the FRIAS stay is to develop a research proposal. It is planned to extend the range of language tasks considered and include text comprehension and the interpretation of non-literal language. Furthermore, the dichotic categorization according to biological gender will be supplemented by a variety of individual difference assessments, including Theory-of-Mind abilities, visuo-spatial skills and gender–role identification. Besides behavioral methods, such as reading times and eye tracking, we will use neuroimaging to describe qualitative differences in the functional neuroanatomy of language use.