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Dr Nora Fieder

PhD Macq, DipPathLing UNEW, PhD Macq.

Nora Fieder

Associate Investigator

Contact Details

email : nora.fieder@gmail.com

External Address

Berlin School of Mind and Brain
Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany

Profile

I studied Patholinguistics at the University of Potsdam which is a combination of Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics, and Speech Therapy. In addition to my studies, I worked as a research assistant in different projects such as in the baby laboratory of Potsdam University, where I conducted head turn preference experiments with children for various research projects.
As part of my degree, I worked in two logopaedic practices for six months and in a geriatric clinic for two months where I attained experience in the treatment of children with specific language disorders and individuals with aphasia, dysarthria and apraxia. In my final year I studied for a semester at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne and carried out a two month practical research placement in the Auditory Research Group in Newcastle. For my final thesis I investigated the processing of compound words in German with a visual lexical decision task and completed my diploma degree in 2009.
After my fantastic time at the University of Newcastle, I decided to do my PhD abroad. I started my PhD in June 2009 at MACCS under the supervision of Dr Nickels, Dr Biedermann, and Dr Best. Together, we will investigate how mass nouns and count nouns are represented and processed in our language system.

External Memberships

  • British Aphasiology Society
  • NHMRC Clinical Centre for Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation
  • Verband für Patholinguisten, Deutscher Verband für akademische Sprachtherapeuten

Awards

  • Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards: Highly Commended 'Innovative Technologies' (2015), Badcock, N.A., McArthur, G., de Lissa, P., Preece, K.A., de Wit, B., Fieder, N., Mousikou, P., Thie, J., Mahajan, Y., Yau, S., Brock, J., Sorensen, S., & Glenn, K. "Efficient and child-friendly measures of brain activity using a video-gaming system."
  • Macquarie University Vice-Chancellor’s Commendation for Academic Excellence (2014), Fieder, N.

Recent Grants Awarded

  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2018) "Learning from our mistakes –what error patterns and their neural correlates tell us about word relearning in Semantic Dementia." Savage, S., Nickels, L., Fieder, N., Landin-Romero, R., & Lampe, L. ($21,194)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2016 - 2017) "Computational modelling of spoken word production." Hameau, S., Nickels, L., Coltheart, M., Pritchard, S., & Fieder, N. ($37,865)
  • ARC CCD Neural Markers Training Scheme (2015) "Locating and identifying effects of semantic neighbourhood in naming." Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Hameau, S., & Badcock, N. ($7,350)
  • ARC CCD Cross Program Support Scheme (2015) "The representation of meaning and its breakdown in semantic dementia and aphasia." Nickels, L., Fieder, N., Hodges, J., Piguet, O., Hameau, S., & Best, W. ($39,000)

Selected Publications

Book Chapters

  • Biedermann, B., Fieder, N., & Nickels, L. (In Press). Spoken word production: Processes and potential breakdown. In A. Bar-On & D. Ravid (Eds.), Handbook of Communication Disorders: Theoretical, Empirical and Applied Linguistic Perspectives. Berlin, Germany: De Gruyter Mouton.

Periodicals

  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Krajenbrink, T., & Biedermann, B. (In Press). Garlic and ginger are not like apples and oranges: Effects of mass/count information on the production of noun phrases in English. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. doi:10.1080/17470218.2016.1276203
  • Fieder, N., Wang, H.-C., Biedermann, B., & Nickels, L. (In Press). Counting on number: Effects of number information on grammatical processing of mass and count nouns. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. doi:10.1080/23273798.2017.1281428
  • Badcock, N.A., Preece, K.A., de Wit, B., Glenn, K., Fieder, N., Thie, J., & McArthur, G. (2015). Validation of the Emotiv EPOC EEG system for research quality auditory event-related potentials in children. PeerJ, 3, e907. doi:10.7717/peerj.907
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2015). How ‘some garlic’ becomes ‘a garlic’ or ‘some onion’: Mass and count processing in aphasia. Neuropsychologia, 75, 626-645. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2015.06.031
  • Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., Fieder, N., & Schiller, N.O. (2015). The lexical-syntactic representation of number. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 30(3), 287–304. doi:10.1080/23273798.2013.879191
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., & Biedermann, B. (2014). Representation of mass and count nouns: A review. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1-18. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00589
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2014). From “some butter” to “a butter”: An investigation of mass and count representation and processing. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 31(4), 313-349. doi:10.1080/02643294.2014.903914

Published Abstracts

  • Fieder, N., Krajenbrink, T., Foxe, D., Hodges, J., Piguet, O., & Nickels, L. (2016). Less is more: Effects of semantic neighbourhood on naming in semantic dementia (svPPA) [Abstract]. Stem-, Spraak- en Taalpathologie, 21(Suppl. 1), 65-68. [Link]
  • Lampe, L., Fieder, N., Krajenbrink, T., & Nickels, L. (In Press). Semantische Nachbarschaft in der Wortproduktion bei Aphasie. Herbsttreffen Patholinguistik [Abstract]. Spektrum Patholinguistik.
  • van Scherpenberg, C., Fieder, N., Nickels, L. & Savage, S. (2016). Performance consistency as an indication of storage deficit in people with semantic variant Primary Progressive Aphasia [Abstract]. Stem-, Spraak- en Taalpathologie, 21(Suppl. 1), 145-147. [Link]

Conference Presentations, Colloquia, and other presentations

  • Hameau, S., Nickels, L., Fieder, N., & Biedermann, B. (2016, October). Influence of semantic neighbourhood density in aphasia naming treatment. Paper presented at the Aphasiology Symposium of Australia, Flinders University, Adelaide.
  • Nickels, L., Heath, S., & Fieder, N. (2016, October). Chia, quinoa, and teff: Novel word learning in aphasia. Paper presented at the Aphasiology Symposium of Australia, Flinders University, Adelaide.
  • Fieder, N., Krajenbrink, T., Foxe, D., Hodges, J., Piguet, O., & Nickels, L. (2016, September). Less is more: Effects of semantic neighbourhood on naming in semantic dementia. Paper presented at the 17th Science of Aphasia Conference, Venice, Italy.
  • van Scherpenberg, C., Fieder, N., Nickels, L., & Savage, S. (2016, September). Performance consistency as an indication of storage deficit in people with semantic variant primary progressive aphasia. Paper presented at the 17th Science of Aphasia Conference, Venice, Italy.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2015, November). What counts? An investigation of countability and semantic number. Poster session presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders Annual Workshop, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2015, September). Effects of semantic number information on grammatical processing of mass nouns. Poster session presented at the International Science of Aphasia Conference, Aveiro, Portugal.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2015, September). What counts? An investigation of countability and semantic number. Poster session presented at the Biennial International Conference of British Aphasiology Society, London, UK.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2014, May). Grammatical countability specific impairments in aphasic speakers. Colloquium at the Post-doc and Doctorate Colloquium at the Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2014, May). Processing of mass/count information in noun phrase production and comprehension. Colloquium at the Department of Psycholinguistics, University of Erfurt, Erfurt, Germany.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Best, W. (2013, November). How ‘some garlic’ becomes ‘a garlic’ or ‘some onion’: Mass and count processing in aphasia. Paper presented at the 7th Australian Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Research Forum (ACNCN), Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., & Biedermann, B. (2013, October). Lexical-syntactic representation of countability: Evidence from language unimpaired and impaired speakers. Paper presented at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD) Language Day, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., & Biedermann, B. (2011, November). The representation of countability information. Presentation given at the Higher Degree Research Showcase, Macquarie University, Sydney.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., & Biedermann, B. (2011, September). Representation of mass and count nouns in the mental lexicon: Insights from mass/count errors in aphasia. Paper presented at the 12th International Science of Aphasia Conference, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., & Biedermann, B. (2011, September). Effects of countability on lexical processing in aphasia. Poster session presented at the Biennial International Conference of the British Aphasiology Society, Reading, UK.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., & Biedermann, B. (2011, September). A single case study on mass and count noun processing in aphasia. Presentation given at the Centre for Speech and Language Research, University College London, London, UK.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., & Biedermann, B. (2011, September). The representation of mass/count nouns: Evidence from aphasia. Presentation given at the Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Exeter, Exeter, UK.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., & Biedermann, B. (2011, August). Representation of mass and count nouns in the mental lexicon: Insights from mass/count errors in aphasia. Presentation given at the Perspectives on Language Disorders Workshop, Sydney.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., & Biedermann, B. (2010, September). Effects of mass/count information on the production of noun phrases. Poster session presented at the International Workshop on Language Production (IWoLP), Edinburgh, UK.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., & Biedermann, B. (2010, August). Representation of mass/count information in noun phrase production: A countability interference effect in English? Poster session presented at the 11th International Science of Aphasia Conference, Potsdam, Germany.
  • Fieder, N., Lyndsey, N., & Biedermann, B. (2010, January). What counts? The role of mass/count features in lexical decision. Poster session presented at the Experimental Psychology Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., & Biedermann, B. (2009, December). Garlic versus onion. How are mass and count nouns represented and processed in our language system? Paper presented at the Postgraduate Research Festival, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia.
  • Fieder, N., Nickels, L., Biedermann, B., & Kinoshita, S. (2009, December). Representation of count and mass nouns in the mental lexicon. Presentation given at the Australian Language and Speech Conference, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

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