Julia Uddén
Julia Uddén


Research projects

Development of communicative (pragmatic) ability in adolescence and young adults. Research line 1.

Julia Uddén

Ongoing projects 2017-2018

  1. The CIV (Communicative Individual Variation) project, Experiment 1 (Behavioral). Relation and potential independence of aspects of communicative ability, in a large cohort (N=200).
  2. The CIV project, Experiment 2 (Neuroimaging). The neurobiology of comprehension of indirect speech acts and its dependence on broader communicative ability. Participants are young adults.
  3. The neurobiology of comprehension of indirect speech acts in younger and older adolescents.
  4. The development of monitoring for mutual understanding (Behavioral experiments with children and adolescents), e.g. through acquisition of how to ask clarification questions (or repair sequences).
  5. Theoretical work integrating and developing psycholinguistic models of communicative development that can interface with neurobiology.

The neurobiology of sentence processing and processing of complex sequences and syntax. Research line 2.

Julia Uddén

Ongoing projects 2017-2018

  1. The MOUS project (Mother of All Unification Studies), Subproject FMRI. Modeling the BOLD-response during sentence processing of complex syntax, in a large cohort (N=200). Several follow-ups projects, including additional complexity measure and also quantifying semantic structure, are in the planning phase.
  2. The MOUS project, Subproject Genetics. Candidate gene replication study.
  3. The MOUS project, Subproject Connectivity. How does individual differences during sentence processing depend on individual differences in connectivity.
  4. Specialization for syntax and phonotactics in the frontal lobe.
  5. Collaborative writing on hierarchical structure in the field studying comparative biology of structured sequence processing.

Principal investigator

Julia Uddén och Katarina Bendtz
Julia Uddén och Katarina Bendtz

Julia Uddén, PhD in cognitive neuroscience, Pro Futura Scientia Fellow
e-mail: julia.udden@psychology.su.se
tel: +46-8-16 39 23

Collaborators and lab members at Stockholm University

  • Katarina Bendtz (postdoctoral lab member), Department of Psychology
  • Stefan Buijsman, postdoc (collaborator), Department of Philosophy

Other national and international collaborators

Research line 1 (Communication/Pragmatics)

  • Judith Holler, PhD, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
  • Jana Basnakova, PhD, Slovak Academy of Sciences
  • Mark Dingemanse, PhD, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
  • Salomi Asaridou, PhD (with Susan Goldin-Meadow & Steve Small), University of California, Irvine

Research line 2 (Sentence/Syntax processing)

  • Peter Hagoort, Director, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
  • Gerard Kempen, Professor Emeritus, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
  • Antal van den Bosch, Professor, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Willem Zuidema, Assistant Professor, University of Amsterdam
  • Balthasaar Bickel, Professor, University of Zurich
  • Damian Blasi, PhD, University of Zurich
  • Simon Fisher, Director, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
  • Evelina Fedorenko, Assistant Professor, Harvard University/MIT
  • Eelke Visser, PhD, University of Oxford
  • David Norris, Professor, Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Friederike Seyfried, Phd Candidate (lab alumni, former master student), Justus-Liebig-University Giessen
  • David Neville, PhD, Radboud University Nijmegen (with Christian Doeller and Guillen Fernandez)

Other collaborations

  • Johan Lundström,  PhD, Wallenberg Fellow, Karolinska Institutet
  • Artin Arshamian, PhD, Karolinska Institutet
  • Asifa Majid, Professor, Radboud University Nijmegen

Financial support

  • Riksbankens Jubileumsfond via Swedish Collegium of Advanced Science (July 2017 to ~ July 2022)
  • Hjärnfonden (Spring 2017)
  • Promobilia (supporting postdoc lab member Bendtz)
  • Magnus Bergvalls stiftelse
  • Women in Science price (Sveriges Unga Akademi/Svenska Unescorådet/L’Oreal)

Conference presentations 2017

Uddén, J. (2017). A meta-analysis of seven FMRI-studies on artificial grammar learning. Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore, November 8-10, 2017 [Poster]

Uddén, J. (2017). Dyslexins genetiska och neurobiologiska mekanismer. Dyslexikongressen, Stockholm, Sweden, 10-12 August, 2017. [Talk]

Uddén, J. (2017). A language science raised by Marr. Workshop ‘Key Questions and New Methods in the Language Sciences’. Berg and Daal, The Netherlands. June 14-18, 2017. Organizers: Mark Dingemanse and Steve Levinson. [Talk]

Uddén, J. (2017). Processing models of structured sequence processing: from artificial to natural language syntax using neuroimaging. Lorentz workshop ‘The comparative biology of language learning’, Leiden, The Netherlands. April 3-7, 2017. Organizers: Christopher Petkov, Willem Zuidema, Judith Gervain, Clartje Levelt [Talk]

Uddén, J. (2017) Discussant at Nijmegen Lectures with Gary Dell, Jan 23-25 2017. [Talk]


Uddén, J., & Männel, C. (accepted). Artifical grammar learning and its neurobiology in relation to language processing and development. Chapter for Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics, Eds: Shirley-Ann Rueschemeyer and Gareth Gaskell. 

Schoffelen, J.-M., Hulten, A., Lam, N. H. L., Marquand, A. F., Udden, J., & Hagoort, P. (2017). Frequency-specific directed interactions in the human brain network for language. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114(30), 8083-8088.

Udden, J., Ingvar, M., Hagoort, P., & Petersson, K. M. (2017). Broca’s region: A causal role in implicit processing of grammars with crossed non-adjacent dependencies. Cognition, 164, 188-198.

Lam, N. H. L., Schoffelen, J.-M., Udden, J., Hulten, A., & Hagoort, P. (2016). Neural activity during sentence processing as reflected in theta, alpha, beta and gamma oscillations. NeuroImage, 142(15), 43-54.

Udden, J., Snijders, T. M., Fisher, S. E., & Hagoort, P. (2016). A common variant of the CNTNAP2 gene is associated with structural variation in the left superior occipital gyrus. Brain and Language. Advance online publication.

Udden, J., & Schoffelen, J.-M. (2015). Mother of all Unification Studies (MOUS). In A. E. Konopka (Ed.), Research Report 2013 | 2014 (pp. 21-22). Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics.

Whitmarsh, S., Udden, J., Barendregt, H., & Petersson, K. M. (2013). Mindfulness reduces habitual responding based on implicit knowledge: Evidence from artificial grammar learning. Consciousness and Cognition, 3, 833-845.

Udden, J. (2012). Language as structured sequences: a causal role of Broca's region in sequence processing. PhD Thesis, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm.

Udden, J., & Bahlmann, J. (2012). A rostro-caudal gradient of structured sequence processing in the left inferior frontal gyrus [Review article]. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences, 367, 2023-2032.

Udden, J., Ingvar, M., Hagoort, P., & Petersson, K. M. (2012). Implicit acquisition of grammars with crossed and nested non-adjacent dependencies: Investigating the push-down stack model. Cognitive Science, 36, 1078-1101.

Folia, V., Uddén, J., De Vries, M., Forkstam, C., & Petersson, K. M. (2010). Artificial language learning in adults and children. Language learning, 60(s2), 188-220. doi:10.1111/j.1467-9922.2010.00606.x.

Uddén, J., Folia, V., & Petersson, K. M. (2010). The neuropharmacology of implicit learning. Current Neuropharmacology, 8, 367-381.

Uddén, J., Araújo, S., Forkstam, C., Ingvar, M., Hagoort, P., & Petersson, K. M. (2009). A matter of time: Implicit acquisition of recursive sequence structures. In N. Taatgen, & H. Van Rijn (Eds.), Proceedings of the Thirty-First Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 2444-2449).

Folia, V., Uddén, J., Forkstam, C., Ingvar, M., Hagoort, P., & Petersson, K. M. (2008). Implicit learning and dyslexia. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1145, 132-150.

Uddén, J., Folia, V., Forkstam, C., Ingvar, M., Fernández, G., Overeem, S., Van Elswijk, G., Hagoort, P., & Petersson, K. M. (2008). The inferior frontal cortex in artificial syntax processing: An rTMS study. Brain Research, 1224, 69-78.

Gisselgard, J., Uddén, J., Ingvar, M., & Petersson, K. M. (2007). Disruption of order information by irrelevant items: A serial recognition paradigm. Acta Psychologica, 124(3), 356-369.