Naomi Nota

Naomi is a PhD student in the Communication in Social Interaction (or "CoSI", for short) Department based at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics as well as the Donders Centre for Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University.

She is investigating the influence of visual bodily signals (such as eye gaze, facial expressions, or gestures) on language processing in face-to-face interaction. Her aim is to explore the bigger picture of what constitutes human communication by studying language processing in a conversational and multimodal interaction context. She grew up in France, and majored in Linguistics at Leiden University. She spent a year as a research assistant at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics before starting with her PhD in 2019.

She is also an avid drawer, and enjoys doing outdoor activities such as climbing (although in the Netherlands it is usually restricted to indoor climbing or bouldering!).

To put a (fake) smile on one’s face

Spotting a fake smile can be more difficult than you think. Although humans are wired to be social, most people are actually surprisingly bad at recognizing whether a smile is authentic.

Zooming out during your video calls?

Imagine your laptop screen keeps freezing, the video of your friend or colleague suddenly lags and their speech sounds like a robot. You want to talk, but you are not sure about when to start your turn in conversation. There is an awkward silence. The screen turns black.