Cecilia Hustá

Cecilia is a PhD candidate in the Psychology of Language Department at the MPI, where she studies interaction between language comprehension and production. Her research focuses on searching for various approaches to find electrophysiological (EEG) signature of speech planning during comprehension. Before coming to Nijmegen, Cecilia did her Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience and Bachelors in Psychology at the University of Groningen.

Before exploring Dutch universities and research institutes, Cecilia lived in Lithuania and Slovakia where she originally comes from.

Outside of the MPI, Cecilia loves squash, hiking, and climbing. Looking for a nice hilly hiking or climbing spot is a highlight for any trip she takes. If the weather does not allow exploring around, she likes playing board games and painting.


Learning to Communicate in the Virtual World

Screen time is playing a bigger and bigger role in children’s lives. With the rapid development of technology, not only do children spend time watching TV and playing video games, but many in-person interactions are becoming replaced by virtual communication, especially in expat families. The corona pandemic increased the need for video calls to keep in touch with relatives and friends even more. For my daughter and me, video calls with extended family became a daily routine, so much so that I started to wonder about the role this technology was playing in her language development.