I work as a Research Associate in UCL's Department of Language and Cognition. Most of my work is on grammatical processing in a range of pathologies including aphasia, dementia and schizophrenia. In many pathologies, we see a change in language. I try to characterize language profiles in different clinical populations as well as across the healthy lifespan, and see how this knowledge can be applied in diagnosis and to track cognitive change.
I developed computerized methods for language analysis, using corpus-based methods and a usage-based framework.
I am co-investigator in a project on formulaic language in dementia, funded by the Alzheimer's Society.
I received a MA from the Heinrich-Heine-University Düsseldorf and a PhD from the University of Sheffield. My previous post was at the University of Reading.
- Zimmerer, V.C., Watson, S., Turkington, D., Ferrier, I.N., Hinzen, W. (2017). Deictic and propositional meaning - new perspectives on language in schizophrenia. Frontiers in Psychiatry, doi:10.3389/fpsyt.2017.00017
- Zimmerer, V.C., Wibrow, M., Varley, R.A. (2016). Formulaic Language in People with Probable Alzheimer's Disease: A Frequency-Based Approach. Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD, doi:10.3233/JAD-160099
- Zimmerer, V.C., Dabrowska, E., Romanowski, C.A.J., Blank, C., Varley, R.A. (2014). Preservation of passive constructions in a patient with primary progressive aphasia. Cortex, 50 (1), 7-18. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2013.09.007
- Zimmerer, V.C., Cowell, P.E., Varley, R.A. (2013). Artificial grammar learning in individuals with severe aphasia. Neuropsychologia, 53, 25-38.
- Zimmerer, V.C., Cowell, P.E., Varley, R.A. (2011). Individual behavior in learning of an artificial grammar. Memory and Cognition, 39 (3), 491-501. doi:10.3758/s13421-010-0039-y