Lise Van der Haegen

Post-doctoral researcher

Department of Experimental Psychology

Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences

Ghent University, Belgium

Lise . VanderHaegen @ UGent . be


Research interests

I investigate how the human brain is organized by looking at the hemispheric specialization of various cognitive functions.  I start from identifying left-handers with an atypical right hemispheric dominance for speech by running a behavioral test battery, that also includes other (non-)language related tasks.  The atypical left-handers and control subjects are then invited to take part in fMRI-studies to examine the relationship between language and other lateralized functions such as visuo-spatial attention. I strongly believe this approach gives us unique information about the interactions between cognitive functions. In my current projects, I focus on the interplay between reading and face processing in (1) left-handers and (2) students learning an alphabetical (Spanish) or logographic (Chinese) language.



Van der Haegen, L., Acke, F., Vingerhoets, G., Dhooge, I., De Leenheer, E., Cai, Q., & Brysbaert, M. (in press). Laterality and unilateral deafness: Patients with congenital right ear deafness do not develop atypical language dominance. Neuropsychologia.

Cai, Q. & Van der Haegen, L. (2015). What can atypical language hemispheric specialization tell us about cognitive functions. Neuroscience Bulletin, 31(2), 220-226. doi:10.1007/s12264-014-1505-5

Ooms, K., Coltekin, A., De Maeyer, P., Dupont, L., Fabrikant, S., Incoul, A., Kuhn, M., Slabbinck, H., Vansteenkiste, P., & Van der Haegen, L. (2015). Combining user logging with eye tracking for interactive and dynamic applications. Behavior Research Methods, 47(4),977-993. doi: 10.3758/s13428-014-0542-3

Leroy, F., Cai, Q., Bogart, S., Dubois, J., Coulon, O., Monzalvo, K., Fischer, C., Glasel, H., Van der Haegen, L. et al.  (2015). A new human-specific brain landmark: The depth asymmetry of superior temporal sulcus. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 112(4), 1208-1213. doi:10.1073/pnas.1412389112

Willems, R. M., Van der Haegen, L., Fisher, S. E., & Francks, C. (2014). On the other hand: Including left-handers in cognitive neuroscience and neurogenetics. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 15, 193-201. doi:10.1038/nrn3679

Van der Haegen, L., Cai, Q., Stevens, M.A., & Brysbaert, M. (2013). Interhemispheric communication influences reading behavior. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25 (9), 1442-1452. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00412

Greve, D., Van der Haegen, L., Cai, Q., Stufflebeam, S., Sabuncu, M., Fischl, B., & Brysbaert, M. (2013). A surface-based analysis of language lateralization and cortical asymmetry. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25 (9), 1477-1492. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00405

Cai, Q., Van der Haegen, L. & Brysbaert, M. (2013). Complementary hemispheric specialization for language production and visuospatial attention. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 110 (4), E322-E330. doi:10.1073/pnas.1212956110

Vingerhoets, G., Alderweireldt, A., Vandemaele, P., Cai, Q., Van der Haegen, L., Brysbaert, M., & Achten, E. (2013). Praxis and language are linked: Evidence from co-lateralization in individuals with atypical language dominance. Cortex, 49 (1), 172-183. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2011.11.003

Van der Haegen, L., Westerhausen, R., Hugdahl, K., & Brysbaert, M. (2013). Speech dominance is a better predictor of functional brain asymmetry than handedness: A combined fMRI word generation and behavioral dichotic listening study. Neuropsychologia, 51 (1), 91-97. doi: DOI 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.11.002

Verma, A., Van der Haegen, L., & Brysbaert, M. (2013). Symmetry detection in typically and atypically speech lateralized individuals: A visual half-field study. Neuropsychologia, 51 (13), 2611-2619. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.09.005

van Bochove, M.E., Van der Haegen, L., Notebaert, W., & Verguts, T. (2013). Blinking predicts enhanced cognitive control. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 13 (2), 346-354. doi:10.3758/s13415-012-0138-2

Brysbaert, M., Cai, Q., & Van der Haegen, L. (2012). Brain asymmetry and visual word recognition: Do we have a split fovea? In J. Adelman (Ed.): Visual Word Recognition Volume 1: Models and Methods, Orthography and Phonology. Hove, UK: Psychology Press.

Van der Haegen, L., Cai, Q., & Brysbaert, M. (2012). Colateralization of Broca’s area and the visual word form area in left-handers: fMRI evidence. Brain and Language, 122 (3), 171-178. doi: DOI 10.1016/j.bandl.2011.11.004

Van der Haegen, L., & Brysbaert, M. (2011). The mechanisms underlying the interhemispheric integration of information in foveal word recognition: Evidence for transcortical inhibition. Brain and Language, 118(3), 81-89. doi: DOI 10.1016/j.bandl.2010.03.006

Van der Haegen, L., Cai, Q., Seurinck, R., & Brysbaert, M. (2011). Further fMRI validation of the visual half field technique as an indicator of language laterality: A large-group analysis. Neuropsychologia, 49(10), 2879-2888. doi: DOI 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2011.06.014

Van der Haegen, L., Drieghe, D., & Brysbaert, M. (2010). The Split Fovea Theory and the Leicester critique: What do the data say? Neuropsychologia, 48(1), 96-106. doi: DOI 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.08.014

Van der Haegen, L., Brysbaert, M., & Davis, C. J. (2009). How does interhemispheric communication in visual word recognition work? Deciding between early and late integration accounts of the split fovea theory. Brain and Language, 108(2), 112-121. doi: DOI 10.1016/j.bandl.2008.06.005

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