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Dr. 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 - 07/22

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

Beyer, M., Liebig, J., Sylvester, T., Braun, M., Heekeren, H. R., Froehlich, E., Jacobs, A. M., Ziegler, J. C. (2022): Structural gray matter features and behavioral preliterate skills predict future literacy – A machine learning approach. Frontiers in Neuroscience 16, doi: 10.3389/fnins.2022.920150

Liebig, J., Froehlich, E., Sylvester, T., Braun, M., Heekeren, H. R., Ziegler, J. C, Jacobs, A. M. (2021). Neural processing of vision and language in kindergarten is associated with prereading skills and predicts future literacy. Human Brain Mapping, doi: 10.1002/hbm.25449

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