Ganushchak, dr. A.Y. (Lesya)

  • Postdoc
  • Promoting reading comprehension by using a 3D interactive environment
  • Individual differences in reading comprehension
  • Individual differences in speech production
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) & Eye-tracking
  • Bilingualism

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2125
Faculty / Department: Faculteit der Geesteswetenschappen, Leiden Univ Centre for Linguistics, LUCL diversen

Short CV

Lesya Ganushchak is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Education and Child Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology from Leiden University in 2008 and spent 24 months as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK. Afterwards, she spent 24 months as a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, before moving back to Leiden in 2012.

Lesya's research is centred around the question which cognitive processes (e.g., working memory) determine behaviour during talking and spoken/written comprehension. She examines these questions using behavioural, electroencephalogram recordings (EEG), and eye-tracking methods.

CV Lesya Ganushchak (2014)


Lesya’s current research focus is to examine the potential of using interactive storytelling in a 3D-game environment to promote individual's reading comprehension skills (MUSE project). As well as linking working memory and reading comprehension in adults and children using EEG and eye-tracking methodology.

Other research interests are: monitoring for speech/comprehension errors, investigating neuro-cognitive correlates of bilingual language processing , comprehension of sentences written with SMS shortcuts; individual differences during talking and understanding of utterances.


  • Rubicon NWO grant for 2 years post doc position at University of Birmingham, UK
  • NWO open access publication


  1. Member of the Review Editorial Board of Frontiers in Cognition, a specialty of Frontiers in Psychology (current).
  2. Editor for a special issue in Frontiers (What's to be Learned from Speaking Aloud? - Advances in the Neurophysiological Measurement of Overt Language Production).

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Last Modified: 07-10-2014