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dr. E.M.M. Mol

Assistant Professor 

Tilburg School of Humanities
Department of Communication and Information Sciences


When people speak, they tend to produce all kinds of gestures with their hands. What cognitive processes influence the production of such gestures and what does this tell us about how and why gestures are produced? In my empirical dissertation research, I tested how several factors, such as: a speaker's mental image of the addressee, computer mediation, the difficulty of a (secondary) task, low level priming (alignment), and aphasia affect gesture production, thereby revealing more about the functions of gesturing and the cognitive processes underlying it.

Currently, I focus on the inter-personal repetition of hand gestures. I study how and why people repeat each others' gestures. The knowledge thus obtained informs a new model of gesture and speech perception and production, which I am working on in collaboration with Prof. Dr. -Ing. Stefan Kopp's group at the University of Bielefeld.


Principal publications

  • Lisette Mol, Emiel Krahmer, Mieke van de Sandt - Koenderman (2013). Gesturing by speakers with aphasia: How does it compare? Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 56, 1224-1236.
  • Lisette Mol, Emiel Krahmer, Alfons Maes, Marc Swerts (2012). Adaptation in Gesture: Converging hands or converging minds? Journal of Memory and Language 66(1), 249-264.
  • Lisette Mol, Emiel Krahmer, Alfons Maes, Marc Swerts (2011). Seeing and Being Seen: The effects on gesture production. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication 17(1), 77-100.
  • Lisette Mol, Emiel Krahmer, Alfons Maes, Marc Swerts (2009). The communicative import of gestures: Evidence from a comparative analysis of human-human and human-machine interactions. Gesture 9(1), 97-126.
  • Rineke Verbrugge, Lisette Mol (2008). Learning to apply Theory of Mind. Journal of Logic, Language and Information 17(4), 489-511.

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Last amended: 11 September 2014