Pascal Mark Gygax

PD, PhD, MSc, BSc
 +41 26 300 7640


I am an experimental psycholinguist and cognitive psychologist interested in the way we go beyond text and/or discourse to form mental representations. I have been particularly interested in the way background knowledge and explicit elements interact to form what we actually retain from reading or discourse. Although I mainly work on gender, emotion and health-related inferences, I have also been very much interested in the way gender stereotypes creep into the way we see the world.

Beside my work at the University of Fribourg (as a head of the Psycholinguistics and Applied Social Psychology Group, with Pascal Wagner-Egger), I am also involved in different forms of communication for the public understanding of science. I regularly speak on radio, give workshops on gender-fair language, and explain to children in schools how their perception of gender has been very much impacted by social conventions.

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