Dr. Lydia Riedl, M.A.

riedll at med.uni-marburg.de

I am a PostDoc working proportionally in the G+ Project (Gesture training in schizophrenia) and in a TAM  subproject (exploring the possibilities of an algorithm for clinical use). I studied at the universities of Zurich and Marburg. In 2013 I completed my B.A. in Language and Communication, my M.A. in Clinical Linguistics followed in 2016 with a thesis inquiring about the neural processing of similes in language and gesture in patients with schizophrenia. In my Ph.D. project, I developed a standardized eight-hour multimodal speech-gesture training program (MSG training) and investigated changes in neural activation and the MSG training’s effects on social-cognitive abilities in patients with schizophrenia.

My research focuses on communication dysfunctions in psychiatric disorders. I am particularly interested in the phenomenon of concretism – the dysfunction of interpreting metaphors in an abstract way, which can be a symptom in different diseases.  I appreciate this interdisciplinary work and look forward to advance my qualification in therapeutic and scientific methods.


2016M.A.Clinical Linguistics, Philipps-University Marburg
2013B.A.Language and Communication, Philipps-University Marburg/University of Zurich

Clinical/practical training/qualification:

2016Speech TherapistLicensed therapist for speech, language, voice, hearing, and swallowing disorders
2015 additional professional training in Speech Science (4-year study program, Philipps-University Marburg)

Research experiences:

2022 –PostdocTranslational Neuroimaging Lab Marburg. PI: Prof. Dr. Benjamin Straube
2021Visiting scholarCollaboration with CoSi Lab (Communication in Social Interaction Lab in Nijmegen). PI: Prof. Dr. Judith Holler
2017-2022Doctoral studentResearch project “G+“: Neural correlates of communicative processes in patients with schizophrenia and the effect of a specific speech-gesture intervention. PI: Prof. Dr. Benjamin Straube.
2012-2014Research assistantStudent assistant in the research project “Linguistic Basic Categories” in the research center Deutscher Sprachatlas
2011TutorTeaching in the lecture-accompanying tutorial “Linguistics of German II” (Philipps-University Marburg)

Research projects:

ChangePDD: “Cognitive Behavioral Analysis System of Psychotherapy (CBASP) vs. Behavioral Activation (BA) in persistently depressed treatment-resistant inpatients: Efficacy, moderators, and mediators of change.”

TAM: “The Adaptive Mind.”

Tra&Co: “Translation and Cognition.”

G+: “The neural correlates of communicative processes in patients with schizophrenia and the effects of a specific speech-gesture intervention.” 

LingBas: “Fundierung linguistischer Basiskategorien.”

Awards and honors:

2020Travel awardMini-Grant from the Open Science Special Interest Group to attend the OHBM conference in Montreal (virtual).
2019Travel awardOrganization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) Travel Award for participation in the OHBM Hackathon in Rome.
2017 – 2022Ph.D. scholarshipPh.D. scholarship of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.
2011 – 2012ERASMUSERASMUS scholarship of the European Union for studying abroad.
2010 – 2016ScholarshipStudy scholarship of the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Research interests:

Speech therapy interventions in social-communicative disordersMultimodal speech processing
Communication disorders in mental diseasesNeurolinguistics
Mental disorders (especially schizophrenia and depression) 

Scientific expertise:

MatlabPythonRMachine learningdocker/singularity


  1. Riedl, L., Nagels, A., Sammer, G., Choudhury, M., Nonnenmann, A., Sütterlin, A., Feise, C., Haslach, M., Bitsch, F., & Straube, B. (accepted). Multimodal Speech-Gesture Training in Patients With Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder: Effects on Quality of Life and Neural Processing. Schizophrenia Research IF: 4.939
  2. Riedl, L., Nagels, A., Sammer, G., Choudhury, M., Nonnenmann, A., Sütterlin, A., … & Straube, B. (2021). Multimodal Speech-gesture Training in Patients with Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder: Effects on Quality of Life and Neural Processing. PsyArXiv, 6 Sept. 2021. Web. 10.31234/osf.io/a8wn4
  3. Choudhury, M., Steines, M., Nagels, A., Riedl, L., Kircher, T., & Straube, B. (2021). Neural basis of speech-gesture mismatch detection in schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 47(6), 1761-1771. https://doi.org/10.1093/schbul/sbab059  IF: 7.958
  4. Gau, R., Noble, S., Heuer, K., Bottenhorn, K. L., Bilgin, I. P., Yang, Y. F.,  … Riedl, L., … & Marinazzo, D. (2021). Brainhack: Developing a culture of open, inclusive, community-driven neuroscience. Neuron, 109(11), 1769-1775. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2021.04.001 IF: 14.403
  5. Riedl, L., Nagels, A., Sammer, G., & Straube, B. (2020). A multimodal speech-gesture training intervention for patients with schizophrenia and its neural underpinnings–the study protocol of a randomized controlled pilot trial. Frontiers in psychiatry, 11, 110. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2020.00110 IF: 4.157