Videos

Mila
Marinova
KU Leuven

The psychology behind number processing

"5", "five" and "*****" are just the same, aren't they? Well, not exactly: while these symbolic and non-symbolic notations refer to the same magnitude, our brain processes the digit "5", the word "five" and the dot configuration differently. Mila Marinova looks into the psychology behind number processing. Such knowledge can help to make learning mathematics easier for children.
Jill
Kries
KU Leuven

How listening to a story can help us diagnose aphasia

One in three stroke patients suffer from aphasia, a language disorder, and suddenly face problems communicating. The good thing is that with the right therapy their communication can be improved. In her PhD, Jill Kries (KU Leuven) is developing an automatic, fast, and precise method for diagnosis drawing on audio stories, EEG, and an algorithm.

Klara
Schevenels
KU Leuven

Language recovery after a stroke

Can you recover from aphasia after a stroke? And how long does it take? At the moment no doctor can immediately answer these questions. Klara Schevenels (KU Leuven) wants to give patients with aphasia after a stroke a quick and reliable prognosis so that they have a reliable window on the future.
Shauni
Van Herck
KU Leuven

Combating dyslexia with audio books

Hearing impairments play an important role in dyslexia. For example, people with dyslexia are less able to hear the subtle sound difference at the start of similar letters, such as the 'b' and the 'p'. By offering children adapted audio stories in nursery school, Shauni Van Herck wants to tackle these hearing problems at an early stage.
Liselotte
Vandenbussche
Arteveldehogeschool

Stereotypes about girls and boys 👦🏼 👧🏽

Are boys better at maths than girls? No, that is a typically Western idea. In Asia, they think just the opposite. Liselotte Vandenbussche wants to put an end to this kind of stereotype with GenderPro(o)f.
Geert
De Mol
UGent

Was Cleopatra poor at spelling? ✍ ❌

Aproved"* reads a Royal Decree that was possibly signed by Cleopatra (or at least by one of her ministers). But how did such a spelling error get into such an important document? Couldn't Cleopatra and her ministers spell? That's what classicist Geert De Mol (Ghent University) is looking into in his PhD.
Sara
Buekens
FWO
UGent

French ecological literature 'avant la lettre'

The disappearance of forests is nothing less than "a genocide of trees, with bleeding stumps and amputated branches. With this powerful imagery, the French writer Pierre Gascar already sounded the alarm about the environment 50 years ago. Sara Buekens studies how he and his colleagues wanted to put environmental issues on the agenda in their novels half a century ago. Are you ready for an ecological novel?
Weiwei
Zhang
KU Leuven

How similar is the vocabulary of different language varieties?

A 'vector', isn't that something for mathematicians and physicists? Linguist Weiwei Zhang (KU Leuven) proves the opposite. She uses vectors to study related words and synonyms that appear in different language variants, such as "subway" in American English and "underground" in British English.
Marie-Anne
Markey
KU Leuven

Language in our brain: the power of analogy

People are very good at making analogies: our brains can very quickly see similarities between two things and then draw comparisons between them. We're so good at it that we do it unconsciously. Marie-Anne Markey (KU Leuven), with the help of Boris Johnson & Jane Austen, explains how this can be seen in our language...
Jana
Goyvaerts
VUB

Populism: do we speak the same language?

You see the term "populism" popping up all over the press. But what exactly do Flemish journalists mean when they use that term? That's what communication scientist Jana Goyvaerts is figuring out in her doctorate. She lifts the veil in this video.
Elke
Emmers
KU Leuven

How do you react to my disability?

In this video, Elke Emmers (KU Leuven) takes you on a speed date with a real plot twist. In her research she tries to adjust the attitudes of teachers, remedial educationalists and other professionals towards persons with disabilities. 
Mieke
Meirsschaut
Arteveldehogeschool

Working together and chatting for stronger education

Co- and teamteaching can be a real added value in education. However, this is not always a success: everything depends on good communication between co-teachers. That is what Mieke Meirsschaut tries to foster - in corona-free times- with amongst other her chat cards.