Researcher (Programa Ramón y Cajal)

Cognitive Psychology Department

University of La Laguna, Spain


Phone: +34 922 317515

- Visual word recognition

- Syllabic processing

- Emotion-cognition coupling

- Bilingualism

- Sound symbolism

- Affective iconicity

Markus Conrad obtained his PHD in 2008 at the Freie Universität Berlin (supervisor Arthur M. Jacobs). From 2009 to 2013 he was directing three research projects within the “Languages of Emotion” Research Cluster of Excellence at the Freie Universität Berlin.

He is affiliated to the Cognitive Neuroscience and Psycholinguistics Laboratory at the Universidad de La Laguna since 2012; starting as a Juan de la Cierva Research Fellow and since 2017 within the Ramón y Cajal program.

- Ambrasat, J., von Scheve, C., Schauenburg, G., Conrad, M. & Schröder, T. (2016). Unpacking the Habitus: Meaning Making Across Lifestyles Sociological Forum. doi:10.1111/socf.12293


- Aryani, A., Kraxenberger, M., Ullrich, S., Jacobs, A. M., & Conrad, M. (2016). Measuring the basic affective tone of poems via phonological saliency and iconicity. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 10(2), 191.


- Oganian, Y., Conrad, M., Aryani, A., Heekeren, H. R., & Spalek, K. (2016). Interplay of bigram frequency and orthographic neighborhood statistics in language membership decision. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition, 19(03), 578-596.


- Conrad, M. (2015) On the role of language from basic to cultural modulation of affect: Comment on” The quartet theory of human emotions: An integrative and neurofunctional model” by S. Koelsch et al. Physics of life reviews, 13, 40-42.


- Citron, F. M., Cacciari, C., Kucharski, M., Beck, L., Conrad, M., & Jacobs, A. M. (2016). When emotions are expressed figuratively: Psycholinguistic and Affective Norms of 619 Idioms for German (PANIG). Behavior research methods, 48(1), 91-111.


- Jacobs, A.M., Võ, M., Briesemeister, B., Conrad, M., Hofmann, M., Kuchinke, L., Lüdtke, J., & Braun, M. (2015). 10 years of BAWLing into affective and aesthetic processes in reading: what are the echoes? Frontiers in Psychology.


- Hsu, C.T., Jacobs, A.M., Citron, F., & Conrad, M. (2015). The Emotion Potential of Words and Passages in Reading Harry Potter – An fMRI Study. Brain and Language, 142, 96-114.


- Hsu, C.T., Jacobs, A.M., Altmann, U., & Conrad, M. (2015). The magical activation of left amygdala when reading Harry Potter: An fMRI study on how descriptions of supra-natural events entertain and enchant. Plos One, 10 (2); doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118179


- Hsu, C.T., Jacobs, A.M., & Conrad, M. (2015). Can Harry Potter Still Put a Spell on us in a Second Language? An fMRI Study on Reading Emotion-laden Literature in Late Bilinguals. Cortex, 63, 282-295.


- Hsu, C.T, Conrad, M. Jacobs, A. M. (2014). Fiction feelings in Harry Potter: haemodynamic response in the mid-cingulate cortex correlates with immersive reading experience. Neuroreport, 10/2014


- Conrad, M., Afonso, O., Jacobs, A.M., & Álvarez, C. (2014). Sublexical modulation of simultaneous language activation in bilingual visual word recognition: The role of syllabic units. Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.


- Schauenburg, G., Ambrasat, J., von Scheve, C., Schröder, T., & Conrad, M. (2014). Emotional Connotations of Words related to Authority and Community. Behaviour Research Methods. doi: 10.3758/s13428-014-0494-7


- Ambrasat, J., von Scheve, C., Schauenburg, G., Conrad, M., & Schröder, T. (2014). Consensus and Stratification in the Affective Meaning of Human Sociality. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS)


- Recio, G., Conrad, M., Hansen, L. & Jacobs, A. M. (2014). On Pleasure and Thrill: The Interplay between Arousal and Valence during Visual Word Recognition. Brain and Language, 134, 34-43.


- Schmidtke, D., Conrad, M., & Jacobs, A. M. (2014). Phonological Iconicity. Frontiers in Psychology.


- Schmidtke, D., Schröder, T., Jacobs, A. M., & Conrad, M. (2014). ANGST: Affective Norms for German Sentiment Terms derived from the Affective Norms for English Words. Behavior Research Methods.


- Aryani, A., Jacobs, A. M., & Conrad, M. (2013). Extracting salient sublexical units from written texts: “Emophon,” a corpus-based approach to phonological iconicity. Frontiers in Psychology


- Conrad, M., Vo, M., Schneider, D., & Jacobs, A.M. (2011). Syllable structure is modulating the optimal viewing position in visual word recognition. Revista de Logopedia, Foniatría y Audiología. 31(1),14-21.


- Veltkamp, G.M., Recio, G., & Jacobs, A.M., & Conrad, M. (in press). Is personality modulated by language? Evidence from bilinguals’ NEO-FFI scores. International Journal of Bilingualism.


- Brysbaert, M., Buchmeier, M., Conrad, M., Bölte, J., Böhl, A., & Jacobs, A.M. (2011). The word frequency effect: A review of recent developments and implications for the German language. Experimental Psychology, 58(5), 412–424.


- Conrad, M., Recio, G., & Jacobs,A. M. (2011). The time course of emotion effects in first and second language processing: across cultural ERP study with German–Spanish bilinguals. Frontiers in Language Sciences, 2, 351, 1-16.


- Conrad, M., Tamm, S., Carreiras, M., & Jacobs, A.M. (2010). Simulating syllable frequency effects within an interactive activation framework. European Journal of Cognitive Psychology, 22(5): 861-893


- Molinaro, N., Conrad, M., Barber, H.A., & Carreiras, M. (2009). On the functional nature of the N400: Contrasting effects related to visual word recognition and contextual semantic integration. Cognitive Neuroscience, 1: 1-7


- Conrad, M., Carreiras, M., Tamm, S., & Jacobs, A.M. (2009). Syllables and bigrams: Orthograpic redundancy and syllabic units affect visual word recognition at different processing levels. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35(2): 461-479


- Võ, M., L.-H., Conrad, M., Kuchinke, K., Urton, K., Hofmann, M.J., & Jacobs, A.M. (2009). The Berlin Affective Word List Reloaded. Behaviour Research Methods, 41(2): 534-538.