Natascha is a PhD student at Radboud University and the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior. She first came to Nijmegen in 2015 as an Erasmus student from Frankfurt in Germany, where she studied a Bachelor of Linguistics. Once aware of the vast ongoing research on language and the brain in Nijmegen she has stayed ever since. She proceeded with a master in cognitive neuroscience and started her PhD in the language function and dysfunction group in September 2019. Her project aims at investigating the recovery of language functions after stroke as well as virtually induced lesions through brain stimulation.

Next to doing research Natascha loves dancing and running and is coach of a teen show dance team. In May 2020 she became a mom to then 8 weeks old Benni, a beautiful and loving great swiss mountain dog. This has certainly turned her life upside down and added many daily hours spent on dog training and walking in the nature.

Diagnosis: Aphasia – what?

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you wanted to say something, but simply could not find the words you were looking for? This might happen when speaking a foreign language, in which you are not (yet) very proficient. However, this can also happen in your native language, for example when you are distracted or tired. Most of us have probably already experienced such or similar situations with temporary communication difficulties. Luckily, these are usually just short-lasting moments, and we manage to find the right words eventually.