Arushi Garg

Arushi Garg

PhD candidate

Radboud University

I am a PhD candidate at the Donders Centre for Cognition at Radboud University and in the International Max Planck Research School for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. I am fascinated by the human faculty of language and mystified with the brain and how it can create meaning, see colour, feel emotions and speak and understand language. In my work, I combine these interests. In my PhD project, I am investigating the lexical interface or the “lemma” in the brain with regards to spoken language production and comprehension. A popular theory claims that that the lemma intermediates between semantics, syntax and spoken word form associated with the word and that it lies at the intersection of production and comprehension. My project is an attempt to find this shared interface between production and comprehension. I have also written a poem for my project.

Besides research, I have been heavily involved in teaching and supervision here at the university, both of which I find immensely fulfilling. In order to do my little bit in taking action on some of the problems plaguing our society, I ran for elections for the Works Council of Radboud University in 2019 where I currently hold a position. I focus on issues related to sustainability & climate change, gender & diversity, support for PhDs, and work-life balance & mental health.

Outside of work, food is the big love of my life. I thoroughly enjoy both cooking and eating and can spend long hours looking at food being prepared, browsing through recipes or reading about food culture. Upon insistence of friends, I have recently started an instagram channel to share my food related creative exploits. Follow me! I also enjoy taking long walks, having extended conversations with friends and family, and reading (mostly non-fiction).

Co-supervised by prof. Ardi Roelofs and prof. James McQueen

Education & Career

  • PhD. in Psycholinguistics, 2016-present

    Radboud University

  • MSc. in Cognitive Science, 2016

    University of Osnabrueck, Germany

  • Bachelor of Technology in Electrical Engineering, 2009

    Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology, Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India