IKERBASQUE Research Fellow
Linguistics and Basque Studies
Faculty of Arts
Universty of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)
Vitoria & IKERBASQUE Basque Foundation for Science Bilbao


PhD, Cognitive Science, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada

MA, General Linguistics, University of Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia

Research line: Language in typical and atypical aging (2014-2019)

This research line is designed around three broad themes: language changes associated with healthy cognitive aging in bilingual speakers, language recovery in post-stroke aphasic bilingual speakers (including acute, subacute and chronic aphasia), and language deterioration across the Alzheimer’s disease spectrum (preclinical, mild cognitive impairment, and AD dementia).

Selected publications:

– Kljajevic, V. (2015) Overestimating the effects of healthy aging. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

– Kljajevic, V., Meyer, P. Holzmann, C. Dyrba, M. et al. (2014). The ε4 genotype of Apolipoprotein E and white matter integrity in Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 10(3), 401-404 (IF: 17.42)

– Kljajevic*, V., Grothe*, M., Ewers, M. & Teipel, S. (2014). Distinct pattern of hypometabolism and atrophy in preclinical and predementia Alzheimer’s disease. Neurobiology of Aging, 35, 1973-1981 (IF: 6.16)

– Kljajevic, V. (2014). White matter architecture of the language network. Translational Neuroscience, 5(4), 239-252. (IF: 0.716)

– Kljajevic, V., Fratini, V., Etxaniz, A., Urdaneta, E. & Yanguas, J. (2013). Comprehension cueing strategies in elderly: a window into cognitive decline? Cognitive Science Society Proceedings 32, 2746-2751.

– Teipel, S.J., Flatz, W., Ackl, N., Grothe, M., Kilimann, I., Bokde, A. L.W., Grinberg, L., Amaro, E. jr., Kljajevic, V., Alho, E., Knels, C., Ebert, A., Heinsen, H. & Danek, A. (2013). Brain atrophy in primary progressive aphasia involves the cholinergic basal forebrain and Ayala’s nucleus. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging (IF: 3.36), doi:

– Kljajevic, V. (2012). Comprehension of Wh-Dependencies in Broca’s Aphasia. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN (13): 978-1-4438-3666-1.

– Kljajevic, V. (2012). Language Reorganization after Stroke: Insights from fMRI. In: Sharma, R. (Ed.), Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (167-190), Rijeka: InTech. ISBN 978-953-51-0541-1.

– Kljajevic, V. & Bastiaanse, R. (2011). Time reference in fluent aphasia: Evidence from Serbian. In: Vatakis, A., Cumminis, F., Esposito, A., Papadelis, G. & Giagkou, M. (Eds.), Multidisciplinary Aspects of Time and Time Perception (258-274), Berlin: Springer.

– Kljajevic, V. (2011). From Cell to Cognition: Can Changes in Telomere Length Indicate Patterns of Cognitive Aging? Clinical Science, 121(7), 313-314. (IF: 5.62)

– Kljajevic*, V. & Murasugi*, K. (2010). The role of morphology in the comprehension of wh-dependencies in Croatian aphasic speakers. Aphasiology, 24, 1354-1376. (IF: 1.7)

Recent grants 2015:  “Healthy brain across the lifespan”, Federation of European Neuroscience Societies and the Dana Foundation.

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