Arnout Koornneef is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Education and Child Studies. He received his Ph.D. from Utrecht University in 2008.
Afterwards he spent 4 years as a teacher (and post-doctoral fellow) in the Linguistics Department of the same university and in 2012 he was a visiting professor at the University of Florida. Arnout has been on the faculty at Leiden University since 2014.
Arnout’s research focuses on the question how the human language comprehension system knows what is important in a text, and can anticipate what is going to be important later on.
In his current VENI-project he addresses this issue from a life-span perspective. More specifically, using eye-tracking methodologies he examines how younger and older adult readers use linguistic cues such as pronouns (e.g. ‘he’, ‘she’) and connectives (e.g. ‘because’, ‘so’) to construct a coherent mental representation of a text.
NWO VENI-grant (2012-2016): Do older readers become incoherent readers?
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