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Research interests

Reading comprehension is a crucial skill at nearly all levels of education. At the same time, reading comprehension is a skill that many children, adolescents, and even adults struggle with. I am interested in the cognitive processes and mechanisms that contribute to reading comprehension and in how these differ across and, over time, within individuals. I am also interested in the question of how reading comprehension may be facilitated, for instance by text design, pictorial illustrations, or teaching of specific reading strategies.


2015-present: Lecturer, Department of Communication and Cognition, Tilburg University.

2014-2015: Postdoctoral researcher, Welten Institute, Open University of The Netherlands.

2009-2014: Ph.D. student, Institute of Psychology, Erasmus University Rotterdam.


Current courses

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  • Cognition
  • Embodied Cognition
  • Discourse Studies
  • Language Psychology
  • Linguistics

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comprehension Social Sciences
Language Medicine & Life Sciences
teacher Social Sciences
student Social Sciences
monitoring Social Sciences
Spatial Memory Medicine & Life Sciences
Experiment Arts & Humanities
Visual Processing Arts & Humanities

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Research Output 2011 2018

Are emoji a poor substitute for words? Sentence processing with emoji substitutions

Cohn, N., Roijackers, T., Schaap, R. & Engelen, J., 2018, Proceedings of the 40th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Austin, TX: The Cognitive Science Society, p. 1524-1529

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Teachers' monitoring of students' text comprehension: can students' keywords and summaries improve teachers' judgment accuracy?

Engelen, J. A. A., Camp, G., van de Pol, J. & de Bruin, A. B. H., Dec 2018, In : Metacognition and learning. 13, 3, p. 287-307 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Open Access

Implied motion language can influence visual spatial memory

Vinson, D., Engelen, J., Zwaan, R. A., Matlock, T. & Dale, R., Jul 2017, In : Memory & Cognition. 45, 5, p. 852-862 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

Spatial Memory
Visual Processing

The Effects of Keyword Generation and Summary Writing on Teachers’ Judgments of Students’ Comprehension

Engelen, J. & Camp, G., 2016.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterOther research output


Does picture orientation constrain spatial situation models?

Engelen, J., Bouwmeester, S., de Bruin, A. B. H. & Zwaan, R. A., 2014.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePosterOther research output