Computational Linguistics & Phonetics Computational Linguistics & Phonetics Fachrichtung 4.7 Universität des Saarlandes
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Yoana Vergilova

PhD Student at the Psycholinguistics Group

email: vergil AT

address: Campus C7.1, room 1.19


I work in cognitive science and psycholinguistics and am mainly interested in the differences of processing between the two cerebral hemispheres, specifically in how they use the preceding context (top-down processing) together with immediate input characteristics (bottom-up processing) to anticipate upcoming words in a sentence. I use ERPs to look at the extended timeline of word processing in context, from lower level (P2, N2) to later (N400, late positivity) stages of processing. I am also interested in how people understand grammatical gender and associate it with various semantic categories.

I am a PhD student in Matt Crocker's psycholinguistics lab.


I received my BA in Psychology (2011) and MSc in Cognitive Science (2012) from New Bulgarian University, Sofia. I've worked as a project manager for Google Speech Data Operations, Sofia during my master's and as an international adoptions psychologist in Sofia right after. During my PhD studies, I spent Aug - Nov, 2015 as a visiting researcher in Marta Kutas' Lab at UCSD.

I speak native Bulgarian and fluent English, as well as semi-proficient German and Russian.

Here's my CV.


I find science fiction in all of its forms very enjoyable. I also spend my time stitching, bouldering, and doing martial arts.