For my undergraduate degree, I studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, UK, specialising in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. In 2011 I moved to the Freie Universität Berlin, where I first completed an M.Sc. in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience and then completed my PhD from 2013 to 2016 here in the Brain Language Lab. My PhD was funded by the Berlin School of Mind and Brain, where I also completed the PhD curriculum.
My research interests are in the brain mechanisms of language comprehension, ranging from perception of speech sounds to comprehension of whole words and sentences. I am also interested in how concepts (both concrete and abstract) are represented in the brain. Currently I employ transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as well as neuroanatomically grounded computational models (in collaboration with Max Garagnani).
Current projects include using TMS to investigate the role of perisylvian language areas (especially motor cortex) in language comprehension and using computational modelling to investigate the role of these areas in word learning.
Schomers MR, Garagnani M, Pulvermüller F (2017). Neurocomputational consequences of evolutionary connectivity changes in perisylvian language cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 37(11), 3045-3055, doi: 10.1523/jneurosci.2693-16.2017 [PDF]
Schomers MR, Pulvermüller F (2016). Is the sensorimotor cortex relevant for speech perception and understanding? An integrative review. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 10, 435, doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00435 [PDF]
Schomers MR, Kirilina E, Weigand A, Bajbouj M, Pulvermüller F (2015). Causal influence of articulatory motor cortex on comprehending single spoken words: TMS evidence. Cerebral Cortex 25(10), 3894-3902, doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhu274 [PDF]
Welchman AE, Stanley J, Schomers MR, Miall RC, Bülthoff HH (2010). The quick and the dead: when reaction beats intention. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 277(1688), 1667-1674 [PDF]
Please also see my ResearchGate profile for latest publications.