The question how meaning is processes and represented in human mind and brain is addressed using brain theory, network simulations and experimental research with neurophysiological and neuropsychological methods. One of our key observations is that the meaning of words and constructions is manifest in specific predictable topographical patterns of brain activation, for example in the motor system. We are currently exploring aspects of the abstract meaning of words and constructions, guided by neurosemantic models.
Project: The sounds of meaning: Investigating the functional interaction between action sounds and se-mantics
- Mollo, G., Pulvermüller, F., & Hauk, O. (2016). Movement priming of EEG/MEG brain responses for action-words characterizes the link between language and action. Cortex, 74. http://doi.org/10.1016/j.cortex.2015.10.021
- Dreyer, F. R., Frey, D., Arana, S., von Saldern, S., Picht, T., Vajoczy, P. & Pulvermüller, F. (2015). Is the motor system necessary for processing action and abstract emotion words? Evidence from focal brain lesions. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1661. http://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01661
- Moseley, R.L., Shtyrov, Y., Mohr, B., Lombardo, M.V., Baron-Cohen, S., Pulvermüller, F. (2015). Lost for emotion words: What motor limbic brain activity reveals about autism and semantic theory. NeuroImage 104. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.09.046
- Pulvermüller, F. (2013). How neurons make meaning: Brain mechanisms for embodied and abstract-symbolic semantics. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 17.
- Moseley, R., Carota, F., Hauk, O., Mohr, B., & Pulvermüller, F. (2012). A role for the motor system in binding abstract emotional meaning. Cerebral Cortex, 22 (7). http//doi.org/10.1093/cercor/bhr238
- Pulvermüller, F. (2005). Brain mechanisms linking language and action. Nature Reviews Neuroscience 6.