Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - Lebenswissen­schaftliche Fakultät - Institut für Psychologie

Dr. Antje Lorenz

Dr. Antje Lorenz
wiss. Mitarbeiterin (Drittmittel ohne Lehrauftrag)
antje.lorenz (at)

Einrichtung (OKZ)
Lebenswissenschaftliche Fakultät → Institut für Psychologie → Neurokognitive Psychologie
Rudower Chaussee 18 , Raum 1'201
(030) 2093-9471
(030) 2093-4910
Unter den Linden 6, 10099 Berlin
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Aktuelles Projekt/ Current project


Einfluss von Lebensalter und Sprachkompetenz auf die Verarbeitung

morphologisch komplexer Wörter

(Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, LO 2182/1-1 und 1-2: "Eigene Stelle")



Effects of age and language proficiency on the processing of

morphologically complex words



The project examines the lexical representation and processing of compound nouns (e.g., goldfish) in speech production. The representational structure of compounds at the lemma level is investigated in detail. In addition, the underlying processes in the lexicalization of new (unfamiliar) compounds (e.g., *piano fish) are examined. Both, healthy adult speakers across different age groups and individuals with aphasia are tested.

In picture-naming tasks with compounds as targets, both syntactic (grammatical gender) and semantic effects are assessed. Different experimental paradigms are used, and behavioral and electrophysiological measures (EEG) are analyzed. In one module, effects of gender-marked determiner primes on noun-noun compound production are tested. In another module, semantic effects on the production of compounds and simple nouns (constituents of compounds) are tested in the continuous (cumulative semantic) picture-naming paradigm. Furthermore, the impact of non-verbal cognitive functions (attentional control and inhibition) is examined.

In summary, the project aims at a better understanding of the lexical representation and processing of morphologically complex nouns in speaking. In particular, effects of ageing, language proficiency, and of non-verbal cognitive control are examined.






Journal articles (peer-reviewed)


Fuhrmeister, P., Madec, S., Lorenz, A., Elbuy, S., & Bürki, A. (in press). Behavioral and EEG evidence for inter-individual variability in late encoding stages of word production. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience


Lorenz, A., Pino, D., Jescheniak, J. D., & Obrig, H. (2021). On the lexical representation of compound nouns: Evidence from a picture-naming task with compound targets and gender-marked determiner primes in aphasia. Cortex, 146:116-140. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2021.09.019


Döring, A.-L., Abdel Rahman, R., Zwitserlood, P. & Lorenz, A. (2021). On the lexical representation(s) of compounds: A continuous picture naming study. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. Advance online publication.


Lorenz, A., Zwitserlood, P., Bürki, A., Regel, S., Ouyang, G., & Abdel Rahman, R. (2021). Morphological facilitation and semantic interference in compound production: An ERP study. Cognition, 209, 104518. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2020.104518


Brady, M.C., Ali, M., VandenBerg, K., Williams, L.J., Abo, M., ... (The RELEASE Collaborators), 2020. RELEASE: A protocol for a systematic review based, individual participant data, meta- and network meta-analysis, of complex speech-language therapy interventions for stroke-related aphasia. Aphasiology, 34, 137-157.


Lorenz, A., Zwitserlood, P., Regel, S., & Abdel Rahman, R. (2019). Age-related effects in compound production - Evidence from a double-object picture naming task. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 72, 1667-1681. doi: 10.1177/1747021818806491


Lorenz, A., Regel. S., Zwitserlood, P., & Abdel Rahman, R. (2018). Age-related effects in compound production: Intact lexical representations but more effortful encoding. Acta Psychologica, 191, 289-309. doi:10.1016/j.actpsy.2018.09.001


Beyersmann E, Biedermann B, Alario F-X, Schiller NO, Hameau S, Lorenz A (2018) Plural dominance and the production of determiner-noun phrases in French. PLoS ONE, 13, e0200723.


Lorenz, A., Mädebach, A., & Jescheniak, J. D. (2018). Grammatical-gender effects in noun-noun compound production: Evidence from German. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 71, 1134-1149. doi:10.1080/17470218.2017.1310916


Biedermann, B., Beyersmann, L., Mason, C., Machleb, F., Moormann, M., & Lorenz, A. (2017). Production of German n-plurals in aphasia: Effects of dominance and predictability. Aphasiology. doi:10.1080/02687038.2017.1387228


Lorenz, A. & Zwitserlood, P. (2016). Semantically transparent and opaque compounds in German noun-phrase production: Evidence for morphemes in speaking. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 1943. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01943


Lorenz, A. & Biedermann, B. (2015) Production of plural nouns in German: Evidence from agrammatic aphasia. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 30, 796-815. doi:10.1080/23273798.2015.1016442


Lorenz, A., & Zwitserlood, P. (2014). Processing of nominal compounds and gender-marked determiners in aphasia: Evidence from German. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 31, 40-74. doi:10.1080/02643294.2013.874335


Lorenz, A., Heide, J., & Burchert, F. (2014). Compound naming in aphasia: Effects of complexity, part of speech, and semantic transparency. Language, Cognition, and Neuroscience, 29, 88-106. doi:10.1080/01690965.2013.766357


Biedermann, B., Lorenz, A., Beyersmann, E., & Nickels, L. (2012). The influence of plural dominance in aphasic word production. Aphasiology, 26, 985-1004. doi:10.1080/02687038.2012.660459


Bachmann, F. & Lorenz, A. (2009). Die Behandlung von Wortabrufstörungen bei Aphasie: Der Vergleich zweier Kompensationsstrategien. Sprachheilarbeit 54, 39-47.


Lorenz, A. & Ziegler, W. (2009) Semantic versus word-form specific techniques in anomia treatment: A multiple single case study. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 22, 515-537. doi:10.1016/j.jneuroling.2009.05.003


Lorenz, A. & Nickels, L. (2007). Orthographic cueing in anomic aphasia: How does it work? Aphasiology, 21, 670-686. doi:10.1080/02687030701192182


Stadie, N., Schröder, A., Postler, J., Lorenz, A., Swoboda-Moll, M., Burchert, F., & De Bleser, R. (2007). Unambiguous generalization effects after treatment of non-canonical sentenceproduction in German agrammatism.Brain and Language, 104, 211-229. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2007.08.006


Lorenz, A. & Ziegler, W. (2004). Die Behandlung von Wortabrufstörungen bei Aphasie: Eine methodenvergleichende Studie zum Bildbenennen. Sprachheilarbeit, 6, 276-283.



Conference proceedings and published abstracts

Jaecks, P., Breitenstein, C., Brühl, S., Lorenz, A., Rubi-Fessen, I., Meinzer, M., Stahl, B. et al. (The RELEASE Collaborators) (in press). Potenzial der RELEASE-Datenbank für die Analyse der Therapiewirksamkeit bei Aphasie nach Schlaganfall. Sprachtherapie aktuell. Forschung-Wissen-Transfer. Sonderausgabe XXXIII. Workshop Klinische Linguistik


Lorenz, A., Jescheniak, J. D., Pino, D. Regenbrecht, F., & Obrig, H. (2019).  Grammatical-gender effects in noun-noun compound production: Evidence from aphasia. 20th International Science of Aphasia Conference, Rome, Stem-, Spraak, en Taalpathologie, 24,

doi: 10.21827/5d8b76574cc25


The RELEASE collaborators (2018). Who participates in aphasia research? An analysis of the REhabilitation and recovery of peopLE with Aphasia after StrokE (RELEASE) data set, Aphasiology, 32, 2-4,


Lorenz, A., Henze, E., & Zwitserlood, P. (2012). Processing of nominal compounds and gender-marked determiners in aphasia. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 61, 78-79. doi:10.1080/02643294.2013.874335


Biedermann, B., Lorenz, A., Beyersmann, E., Schiller, N., & Nickels, L. (2011). Plural dominance effects in picture naming for language-impaired and unimpaired speakers: A comparison. Proceedings of the 17th Meeting of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCOP)132.


Schröder, A., Stadie, N., Postler, J., Lorenz, A., Swoboda-Moll, M., Burchert, F., & De Bleser, R.(2005). Does training-induced improvement of non-canonical sentence production in agrammatic aphasia generalize to comprehension? Brain and Language 95, 202-203.


Lorenz, A. & Ziegler, W. (2003). Effects of metrical and segmental cues on word retrieval in aphasia. Brain and Language 87, 36-37. doi:10.1016/S0093-934X(03)00185-8


Lorenz, A. & Ziegler, W. (2003). Factors affecting picture naming in aphasic patients. Brain and Cognition 53.


Kremin, H., Akhutina, T., Basso, A., Davidoff, J., De Wilde, M., Kitzing, P., Lorenz, A., Perrier, D., Van der Sandt-Koenderman, M., Vendrell, J., &Weniger, D. (2003). A cross-linguistic data bank for oral picture naming in Dutch, English, German, French, Italian, Russian, Spanish and Swedish (PEDOI). Brain and Cognition 53, 243-246. doi:10.1016/S0278-2626(03)00119-2

Kremin, H., Lorenz, A., De Wilde, M., Perrier, D., Arabia, C., Labonde, E.,& Buitoni, C.L. (2003). The relative effects of imageability and age-of-acquisition on aphasic misnaming. Brain and Language 87, 33-34.

Lorenz, A., Ziegler, W., Artinger, F., & Zierdt, A. (2000). Metrical information as a cue in picture naming. Journal of Neurolinguistics 13, 307-310.


Books and book chapters

Lorenz, A. (in press). Syntaktische Störungen - Agrammatismus, In: H. Bartels & J. Siegmüller (Hrsg.), Klinikleitfaden für Sprach-, Sprech, und Stimmstörungen. 5. Auflage, Urban & Fisher, München.


Stadie, N., Hanne, S., & Lorenz, A. (2019). Lexikalische und semantische Störungen bei Aphasie. (Reihe Forum Logopädie). Stuttgart: Thieme Verlag.


Lorenz, A. (2010). Morphologische Störungen bei Aphasie In: G. Blanken & W. Ziegler (Hrsg.), Klinische Linguistik und Phonetik: Ein Lehrbuch für die Diagnose und Behandlung von erworbenen Sprach- und Sprechstörungen im Erwachsenenalter. HochschulVerlag, Mainz, 183-206.


Heide, J., Lorenz, A., Meinunger, A.,& Burchert, F. (2009). The influence of morphological structure on the processing of German prefixed verbs, In: S. Michel, A., Ouisho (Hrsg.), Cognitive Approaches to Word Formation. Trends in Linguistics. Studies and Monographs (TiLSM). De Gruyter, 369-393.


Bachmann, F. & Lorenz, A. (2008). Wortfindungsstörungen bei Aphasie: Ein Vergleich zweier Kompensationsstrategien. In: M. Wahl, J. Heide & S. Hanne (Hrsg.). Spektrum Patholinguistik (Bd. 1), Universitätsverlag Potsdam, 135-139.


Bartels, L., Heide, J., Lorenz, A., Meinunger, A.,& Burchert, F. (2008). Der Einfluss der Stamm- und Ganzwortfrequenz auf die Verarbeitung von derivierten Verben im Deutschen. In: M. Wahl, J. Heide & S. Hanne (Hrsg.). Spektrum Patholinguistik (Bd. 1), Universitätsverlag Potsdam, 175-181.


Lorenz, A. (2008). Die Verarbeitung von Nominalkomposita bei Aphasie, In: M. Wahl, J. Heide & S. Hanne (Hrsg.). Spektrum Patholinguistik (Bd. 1), Universitätsverlag Potsdam, 67-81.


Assessment and treatment materials

Lorenz, A., Schwytay, J., & Burchert, F. (2017). PASSIV & CO: Ein Satzverständnistest für Kinder ab vier Jahren. Idstein, Schulz-Kirchner Verlag.


Burchert, F., Lorenz, A., Schröder, A., De Bleser, R.,& Stadie, N. (2011). SÄTZE VERSTEHEN: Neurolinguistische Materialien für die Untersuchung von syntaktischen Störungen beim Satzverständnis. Hofheim, NAT-Verlag.


Schröder, A., Lorenz, A., Burchert, F., & Stadie, N. (2009). KOMPLEXE SÄTZE. Störungen der Satzproduktion: Materialien für Diagnostik, Therapie und Evaluation, Hofheim, NAT-Verlag.