UCL Psychology and Language Sciences

Dr Vitor Zimmerer

Dr Vitor Zimmerer

Lecturer (Teaching)

Language & Cognition

Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL
8th Apr 2013

Research summary

I research language capacity in healthy speakers and a range of disorders (e.g., dementia, aphasia, schizophrenia). I am particularly interested in application in clinical practice, for example in diagnosis and tracking of neurological disorder. I apply concepts associated with Construction Grammar theories, such as the syntax-lexicon continuum and formulaic language. I am also interested in the degree to which language processing is supported by domain-general or domain-specific mechanisms, and its relationship with other aspects of cognition.

Teaching summary

PALS0011: The Neural Basis of Perception, Memory and Language

PALS0044: Language and Communication in Dementia

Coordinator of Year 1 Academic Tutorials


I am a Lecturer at the Department of Language and Cognition. I achieved my PhD in 2010 at the Department of Human Communication Sciences at the University of Sheffield. Before my current post, I worked as a postdoc researcher at the Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf, the University of Reading, and UCL.

I am a member of the Alzheimer's Discovery Drug Foundation's DxA Speech Consortium, which works on language-based markers of dementia.