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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre
Areas of Interest: 
Speech and language processing
Syntax, semantics and pragmatics
Language acquisition and aging
Psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics
Cognitive approaches to individual differences


I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Theoretical and Applied Linguistics at the University of Cambridge.

I got my PhD from the University of Groningen (RUG) in 2017. My dissertation is titled Reference and Cognition: Experimental and computational cognitive modeling studies on reference processing in Dutch and Italian. From 2017-2019, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute of Dutch studies at the University of Oldenburg (UOL).


My research combines psycholinguistic, statistical, and cognitive modeling methods to investigate different aspects of language processing. Specifically, I work on syntactic and semantic processing throughout the lifespan. My research entails both written and spoken language processing, both offline (comprehension) and online (eye-tracking, fMRI). Additionally, I am interested in the influences of cognitive abilities on language processing.

My research interests include, but are not limited to, psycholinguistics, language processing, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, cognitive science, (cognitive) neuroscience, cognitive modeling, language acquisition, aging, pronoun processing, cross-linguistic comparisons, and individual differences.


Key publications: 
  • Vogelzang, M., Guasti, M. T., Van Rijn, H., & Hendriks, P. (2021). How children process reduced forms: A bounded-rational modeling approach to pronoun processing in discourse. Cognitive Science, 45, e12951. doi:10.1111/cogs.12951

  • Vogelzang, M., Thiel, C. M., Rosemann, S., Rieger, J. W., & Ruigendijk, E. (2021). Effects of age-related hearing loss and hearing aid experience on sentence processing. Scientific Reports, 11, 5994. doi:10.1038/s41598-021-85349-5

  • Tsimpli, I., Vogelzang, M., Balasubramani, A., Marinis, T., Alladi, S., Reddy, A., & Panda, M. (2020). Linguistic diversity, multilingualism and cognitive skills: A study of disadvantaged children in India. Languages 5(1):10

  • Vogelzang, M., Thiel, C. M., Rosemann, S., Rieger, J. W., & Ruigendijk, E. (2020). Neural mechanisms underlying the processing of complex sentences: an fMRI study. Neurobiology of Language, 1(2), 226-248. doi:10.1162/nol_a_00011

  • Vogelzang, M., Hendriks, P., & Van Rijn, H. (2016). Pupillary responses reflect ambiguity resolution in pronoun processing. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 31(7), 876-885. doi:10.1080/23273798.2016.1155718

Postdoctoral Research Associate
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Contact Details

Office T-R20, English Faculty Building, Sidgwick site
Email address: 
+44 01233 767357



What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.