Imagine you are a woman on the job hunt and come across two offers: one looking for managers, and one explicitly looking for female and male managers. Research suggests you’re quite likely to only apply for the latter as the stereotypical manager is a man, making you feel like the wrong match for the first offer –especially in comparison to the second. This effect has also been found in languages with grammatical gender, where masculine forms, often used as generics, lead to a male-bias. For my Master’s thesis with the Meaning Culture and Cognition group, I used brain imaging to investigate gender-fair language implementations.
I received my Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Sussex in 2012, and subsequently worked as a research assistant in Switzerland and Australia. I moved to Nijmegen in 2014, where I worked as a student assistant at the Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics alongside my Master’s degree in Cognitive Neuroscience. Currently, I am a PhD student at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. In my free time I enjoy running and yoga, finding new and old music, and traveling places. I like the sea and occasionally do some freelance illustrating.