Dr Vitor Zimmerer
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Place of work / study:
Department of Language and Cognition, University College London
Area of research:
Language and cognition in clinical populations
Tell us a little about yourself:
I studied linguistics at Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf. I became interested in the neurological processes underpinning language comprehension and production, and did my PhD at the University of Sheffield on grammar in aphasia (language impairment following brain damage). Postdoc posts in Düsseldorf, Reading and London followed. To date I have worked with data from a range of different populations, acquired as well as developmental disorders. I am (among other things) interested in language as a marker of cognitive change.
Tell us a fun fact about yourself:
I have lost a language myself. I was born in Brazil and lived there for six years. Today, Brazilians say that my Portuguese is “pretty good for a tourist”. I smile and say “obrigado”.
Why did you choose to work in dementia?
I developed a new method for profiling language production in individuals. It occurred to me that the tool was so sensitive that I should apply it to a population in which detection of small, subtle changes in behaviour is crucial. Now that I am more involved in the dementia research community I feel that I am part of an important cause.