Marloes Mak

Marloes Mak

PhD candidate


After studying Neuropsychology at Utrecht University and working in Utrecht as a research and teaching assistant within the department of Communication- and Information Sciences, Marloes came to Radboud University as a PhD candidate within the project of Roel Willems (Effect of sensori-motor and emotional simulation on aesthetic appreciation of literary narratives). She is currently trying to find out if it can be seen if people are mentally simulating the event in the stories they read, by tracking their eye movements. She also tries to relate this to how much they say they liked the stories, and to what extent they felt absorbed into the story.


In her PhD-project, Marloes tries to connect so-called online measures (to measure some behavior while a person is executing this behavior) to offline measures (to measure the behavior after a person has finished executing this behavior), in reading research. At the moment, she is combining eye-tracking with questionnaire data.


Narratives; literature; simulation; eye-tracking