Dr Allison Wetterlin,

Allison is a professor at UiA, Faculty of Humanities and Education. Allison is interested in many aspects of phonology ranging from diachronic development, the phonology-morphology interface, speech processing, and lexical representation. Previously, she was a Post-doctoral Researcher at the Language and Brain Laboratory and a Fulford Junior Research Fellow of Somerville College at Oxford University. To date she has been working with the phonology of North and West Germanic languages and more recently through the ERC WORDS project with Bengali.



Dr Linda Wheeldon,

Linda is a professor at UiA, Faculty of Humanities and Education. Linda has a background in experimental psycholinguistics and theoretical linguistics. She is interested in the representation of language structure and how it affects language processing. Much of her research focuses on language production, in particular, the processes underlying the generation of spoken sentences. She also investigates the effects of healthy ageing on such processes. Her interest in the sound structure of language has led to investigating the role of phonological representations in silent reading. She is also interested in the representation of morphological structure in the adult mental lexicon and has investigated the role of morphological complexity in English word reading. More recently, she has become interested in bilingualism; particularly in the sentence planning, reading, and comprehension of English as a second language.


Post-Doctoral Researchers

Dr Maud Pélissier,

Maud is a post-doc in the lab. She completed her PhD in Paris, where she worked on the effects of different types of training on the electrophysiological correlates of syntax processing in second language English learners. She completed a first post-doc project in the Laboratory of Phonetics and Phonology in Paris on how the perception of speaker characteristics in the voice leads to the automatic activation of stereotypes. She is interested in how second language processing differs from monolingual processing and what cognitive mechanisms it involves. She has mainly worked with electroencephalography to date.



Dr Eunice Fernandes, PhD

Eunice is a post-doc in the Experimental Linguistics lab working on the FAB project. She completed her PhD in Lisbon, where she worked on syntactic priming in comprehension using mostly the Visual-World Paradigm. She completed her first post-doc in the LabEx in Paris on how speakers (of European and Brazilian Portuguese) adapt to the statistics of the linguistic environment and thereby change their interpretation of ambiguous pronouns. She then joined a project at the University of Aberdeen investigating gaze following in young and older adults, in traditional gaze cueing paradigms and using realistic scenes. She has mainly worked with eye-tracking to date. She is interested in language processing differences across languages and between mono- and bilinguals. She is also interested in eye movements and in how objects attract our attention in the visual environment (scene viewing). More recently, she has become interested in healthy ageing, and how it impacts both language processing, cognitive function and viewing behaviour. 


Foyzul Rahman

I completed my PhD at Aston University (Birmingham, UK; 2017 – 2020) where I investigated the neurobehavioural profile of age-related decay in social cognition, with a particular focus on theory of mind. Prior to this, I completed a BSc and MSc in Psychology and worked as a Research Associate at the Institute of Applied Health Research, University of Birmingham. I joined the University of Birmingham as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in January 2021 working with Professor Linda Wheeldon, and DRs Katrien Segaert and Sam Lucas.

My research interests are primarily focused on (social) cognition in healthy older adult populations, using a range of behavioural and neuroscientific methods, in particular, functional magnetic resonance imaging.

Ph.D. Research Fellows


Bjørn Handeland, photo.
Bjørn H. Handeland

Bjørn is a current PhD research fellow. Before starting his PhD project, Bjørn worked as an associate professor at UiA working mainly with English grammar and didactics. Bjørn completed his master’s thesis in the ELL and submitted in the spring of 2018. His thesis had the title Accent proficiency in second language English: relationships with general language proficiency and bilingual profile.

Helene Berntsen

Helene is a PhD research fellow interested dyslexia. Her Master’s thesis was titled “Identifisering av dysleksi hos personer som har et annet morsmål enn norsk. En gjennomgang av skandinavisk forskningslitterator” which translates to “Identification of dyslexia in people who have another mother-tongue than Norwegian. A review of Scandinavian research literature”. She has considerable competence related to dyslexia and is certified to administer the Logos test.

Malin Toften

Malin is a PhD Research Fellow at UiA, supervised by Allison Wetterlin and Linda Wheeldon. She is working on a PhD project titled Representation, processing and articulatory proficiency in English as a second language.


Mikael A. Albrecht

Mikael is a PhD Research Fellow at UiA supervised by Linda Wheeldon and Allison Wetterlin. Mikael wrote his master’s thesis in the ELL prior to beginning on his PhD project and handed in his thesis in the spring of 2019. His master’s thesis was titled Planning Sentences in Second Language English: Effects of Language Similarity and Language Proficiency. He is interested in bilingualism and language production. His PhD project focuses on the role of bilingualism in language production with a particular emphasis on sentence planning, incrementality, and syntactic structure.

Current MA Students

Andrea Dorothea
Skintveit Holter


Andrea is enrolled in the lektor programme at UiA and is currently working on her MA thesis. As part of her master’s project she is collecting data in the lab. She is writing about memory and bilingual Norwegian-English processing.




Irene Slethei

Irene is a current MA student in the lab and is currently working on her Master’s thesis. As part of her master’s project she is collecting data in the lab.




Kamilla Kjøstvedt

Kamilla is a current MA student who is specialising in English didactics. She is enrolled in the GLU (5-10) programme at UiA. She is interested in communication strategies and aspects related to spoken discourse in the L2 English classroom. For her MA thesis, she aims to design a survey study focusing on teachers’ use of L1 in lower secondary English teaching. Additionally, she works as a student assistant in the ESIT (Pupils’ Language in Transit) research group at the Department of Foreign Languages and Translation at UiA.



Natalia Ewa Gil

Natalia is an inclusion teacher at the Arendal International School. Previously, she worked as an English for Academic Purposes Teacher in the UK. HEr Master’s project focuses on developmental dyslexia in English and Norwegian.

Research Support



i.r. Jan Zandhuis,

Jan kindly volunteers his time to ensure everything runs smoothly in the lab. He has a key role in setting up experiments and keeping the equipment up to date. He has over 20 years of experience in supporting visual and auditory real-time experiments.


Lone Sunnset

Lone finished her master’s thesis in the Spring of 2019. Her thesis was titled Tip-of-the-tongue states in Norwegian-English bilinguals: Investigating word-finding difficulties and its connection to bilingual profile. She is currently working in the ELL as a research assistant and helps with current projects.

UiA Collaborators

Dr Hilde Lohne Seiler,


Hilde is an associate professor at UiA working in the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences.  She is part of the research group Physiological Adaptation in Sport, Training and Physical Activity (PASTA) and she is involved in the Fitness, Ageing and Bilingualism (FAB): The benefits of regular physical activity and bilingualism for language abilities in healthy ageing project.




Dr Sveinung Berntsen
Stølevik, PhD

Sveinung is a professor at UiA working in the Faculty of Health and Sport Sciences. He is the leader of the PASTA research group and a part of the group collaborating on the FAB project. The PASTA group research focuses on health outcomes of exercise and/or physical activity interventions for different population groups.

External collaborators / Visiting researchers


Dr Aditi Lahiri, PhD


Prof. Aditi Lahiri, FBA, CBE, is a professor of linguistics at the University of Oxford and Director of the Language and Brain lab, Oxford.



Dr Agnieszka
Konopka, PhD





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Dr Katrien Segaert,

Katrien is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. The research in her lab focuses on the neurobiology of sentence level language processing, with a special focus on how syntactic and semantic processing are instantiated in the brain and how the neurobiological infrastructure for sentence processing changes throughout the lifespan. She is part of the FAB group and was involved in designing the 2018/2019 Master projects conducted in our lab at UiA.


Dr Megan
Crowhurst, PhD

Megan is an Associate Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin (USA). The majority of her research has focused on prosodic patterns in human languages as they relate to stress and rhythm, syllable structure, and processes of prosodic morphology (such as reduplication). Most recently, she has investigated how varying acoustic cues such as intensity, vowel duration and phonation quality influence the perception of rhythmic units among speakers of American English, Spanish and Zapotec (a language of Oaxaca, Mexico). She is currently investigating how people learn stress patterns in laboratory settings and what this can tell us about which features of stress patterns are more or less natural than others.

Sophie Hardy

Sophie Hardy is a PhD candidate in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. Her research focuses on changes in language production with age. She is specifically interested in the effect of age on syntactic choices and sentence planning. Sophie was involved in designing the 2018/2019 Master projects in our lab.

Dr Steven Frisson,

Steven is a lecturer in the School of Psychology at the University of Birmingham. He investigates how people comprehend language, and over the years he has looked at different levels of processing, going from low-level visual input to high-level pragmatics (mainly using the eye-tracking methodology). His research has involved both typically developing language users and special populations (e.g. people who stutter, people with dyslexia, children with ASD, bilinguals). Recently, he started focusing on individual differences in reading, especially amongst adolescents. He was involved in the design and analysis of the 2017/2018 Master projects conducted in our lab at UiA.

Former Students

Beatrice Zitong Urland, photo.
Beatrice Zitong

Beatrice finished her Master’s thesis in the spring of 2019. Her thesis was titled Assessing Bilingual Language Proficiency through Self-ratings.


Dag Haugland

Dag completed his MA thesis in the Spring of 2018. His MA thesis was titled Word Neighbor Priming in Bilingual Sentence Reading: Evidence from Eye Movements. Now, he is a teacher at Bleiker Videregående in Asker, teaching English and Norwegian in both ordinary Upper Secondary classes and in a preparatory course for minorities.

Susanne M. Avila

Susanne finished her thesis in the spring of 2019. The thesis was titled Tip-of-the-tongue states among Norwegian-English bilinguals: Investigating the bilingual disadvantage in word finding and its relationship to the bilingual language profile. She now works as a teacher at Oasen Birkelid in Sogndalen.