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Teresa Sylvester


Allgemeine und Neurokognitive Psychologie

Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin

Affektive Wortverarbeitung bei Kindern und Erwachsenen

Habelschwerdter Allee 45
Raum JK 27 / 234
14195 Berlin
0049 30 838 4 55621






11/16 - present

Ph.D. Student (Freie Universität Berlin)

Primary Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Arthur M. Jacobs

Second Supervisor:

Thesis topic: Neural correlates of affective semantic processing of adults and children performing a valence and a lexical decision task



10/14 - 10/16

M.Sc. in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

(Freie Universität Berlin)

Primary Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Arthur M. Jacobs

Secondary Supervisor: Dr. Jana Lüdtke

Thesis: Emotion word processing in children and adults: An fMRI study



09/11 - 09/14

B.Sc. in Psychology (Freie Universität Berlin)

Primary Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Detlev Liepmann

Secondary Supervisor: PD Dr. Hans-Uwe Hohner

Thesis: Equivalence assessment of the d2-R concentration test as paper-pencil and tablet version in 18-37 years olds within a retest design



2006 - 2009

Apprenticeship in Education




Research Experience



04/13 – 10/16

Counselling, research methods, development and evaluation of research methods with people with disabilities, data analysis

AWO Bundesverband e.V., Prof. M. Komorek



04/13 – 07/16

Data acquisition and analysis, method implementation, training

Unternehmensberatung BBI GmbH, Udo Castedello



12/14 – 10/16

Student Assistant: General and Neurocognitive Psychology

Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. A. M. Jacobs



04/13 – 12/15

Student Assistant: Work, Organizational and Economic Psychology.

Freie Universität Berlin, Prof. Dr. Liepmann




Teaching Experience



04/19 – 09/20

B.Sc Psychology Seminar ‘Practice in Experimental Psychology’

Freie Universität Berlin


10/19 – 02/20

B.Sc Psychology Seminar ‚Neurocognitive Psychology‘

Freie Universität Berlin


04/17 – 02/20

B.Sc. Psychology Seminar ‘Experimental Psychology’

Freie Universität Berlin


10/16 – 02/18

B.Sc. Psycholgy Seminar ‘Propaedeuticum Practice in Exp. Psy.‘

Freie Universität Berlin


04/16 – 03/18

B.Sc. Social Work Seminar ‘Qualitative Research’,
Evangelische Hochschule Berlin




Extra Curricular




Python Programming for Machine Learning

Technische Universität Berlin




Training in didactics for teaching at university









10/11 – 10/16

Study Stipend (SBB, career promotion for highly talented)




Conference talks




Gambino, R., Pulvirenti, G., Sylvester, T., Jacobs, A.M. & Lüdtke, J. Reading Shakespeare Sonnets – A Combined Qualitative and Quantitative Study. ECOST conference, Vilnius, Lithuania




Poster presentations




Reading Meister and Margarita

IGEL conference, Paris, France



Programming & Analysis Skills

      Matlab, Python, R, JMP, fMRI analysis in SPM




Research topics

      Neural correlates of affect semantic in young children




     German (native), English (fluent)

  • Neural correlates of affective semantics in (young) children and adults
  • Poem and prose reception
  • language development / developmental aspects of dyslexia

Pulvirenti, G., Gambino, R., Sylvester, T., Jacobs, A. M., & Lüdtke, J. (2020). The Foregrounding Assessment Matrix: An interface for qualitative-quantitative interdisciplinary research. ENTHYMEMA, (26), 261-284. doi:10.13130/2037-2426/14387

Sylvester, T., Liebig, J., Jacobs, A. M. (2021). Neuroimaging of valence decisions in children and adults. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience 48(6):100925 doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2021.100925

Sylvester, T.,  Liebig, J., Jacobs, A. M. (2021): Neural correlates of affective contributions to lexical decisions in children and adults. Scientific Reports 11(1) doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-80359-1

Gambino, R., Pulvirenti, G., Sylvester, T., Jacobs, A. M., & Lüdtke, J. Enthymema XXVI 2020 The Foregrounding Assessment Matrix: An Interface for Qualitative-Quantitative Interdisciplinary Research.

Xue, S., Lüdtke, J., Sylvester, T., & Jacobs, A. M. (2019). Reading Shakespeare sonnets: Combining quantitative narrative analysis and predictive modeling-an eye tracking study. Journal of Eye Movement Research, 12.

Sylvester, T., Braun, M., Schmidtke, D. & Jacobs, A. M. (2016). The Berlin Affective Word List for Children (kidBAWL): Exploring Processing of Affective Lexical Semantics in the Visual and Auditory Modalities, Frontiers in Psychology 1(7), doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00969