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Felix Dreyer, Ph.D.


Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter (Postdoc)



   Phone: +49 (0)30 838-51668

   Mail: fdreyer@zedat.fu-berlin.de

   Address: Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin

   Room: JK 31/223

  Persönliches Profil:

Als wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter im Labor für Gehirn und Sprachforschung befasse ich mich mit den neuronalen Grundlagen von Bedeutungsverarbeitung.

Dazu untersuche ich unter anderem die Sprachfähigkeiten von Patienten mit einer Hirnschädigung (z.B. nach einem Hirntumor oder einem Schlaganfall), um Aussagen über die funktionalle Rolle der betroffenen Hirnareale treffen zu können. Im Rahmen unserer Sprachtherapie-Studie versuche ich zusätzlich, mittels funktioneller Magnetresonanztomographie (fMRT), die neuronalen Korrelate für Verbesserungen der Sprachleistung bei unseren Patienten zu finden.

Personal Profile:

Before I started working at the Brain and Language Lab at the FU Berlin in November 2012, I finished my MSc at the University of Leipzig and my BSc in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück.

My studies included several research stays at external institutions, among others the Medical Research Council, Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge, UK and the Embodied Cognition Lab at the University of Manchester, UK.

Research Interests:

I'm interested in theories of embodied cognition and how they could help to understand the processing of linguistic semantics on a single word or sentence level. In my work I investigate whether these theories can also be applied for abstract words, which do not have transparent sensorimotor components. To do so, I am utilizing fMRI and neurostimulation approaches and perform studies on patients suffering from stroke (in collaboration with Prof. Helmut Hildebrandt from the University of Oldenburg) or brain tumors (in collaboration with Dr Thomas Picht from the Charite University Hospital, Berlin).


Dreyer, F. R., & Pulvermüller, F. (2018). Abstract semantics in the motor system? – An event-related fMRI study on passive reading of semantic word categories carrying abstract emotional and mental meaning. Cortex 100, 52-70.

Lucchese, G., Pulvermüller, F., Stahl, B., Dreyer F. & Mohr, B. 2017. Therapy-Induced Neuroplasticity of Language in Chronic Post Stroke Aphasia: A Mismatch Negativity Study of (A)Grammatical And Menaningful/less Mini-Constructions. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10:699.

Stahl, B., Mohr, B., Büscher, V., Dreyer, F. R., Lucchese, G., & Pulvermüller, F. (in press). Efficacy of intensive aphasia therapy in chronic stroke patients: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry.

Schwarzer, V., Bährend, I., Rosenstock, T., Dreyer, F. R., Vajkoczy, P., & Picht, T. (2017). Aphasia and cognitive impairment decrease the reliability of rnTMS language mapping. Acta Neurochirurgica, 1-14

Stahl, B., Mohr, B., Dreyer, F.R., Lucchese, G., & Pulvermüller, F. 2017. Communicative-pragmatic assessment is sensitive and time-effective in measuring the outcome of aphasia therapy. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

Grisoni, L., Dreyer, F. R., & Pulvermüller, F. (2016). Somatotopic Semantic Priming and Prediction in the Motor System. Cerebral Cortex, 26(5), 2353-2366.

Dreyer, F. R., Frey, D., Arana, S., von Saldern, S., Picht, T., Vajkoczy, 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.

Rohr, C. S., Dreyer, F. R., Aderka, I. M., Margulies, D. S., Frisch, S., Villringer, A., & Okon-Singer, H. (2015). Individual differences in common factors of emotional traits and executive functions predict functional connectivity of the amygdala. Neuroimage, 120, 154-163.

Connell, L., Lynott, D., & Dreyer, F. (2012). A functional role for modality-specific perceptual systems in conceptual representations. PLoS ONE, 7(3), doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033321

Connell, L., Lynott, D., & Dreyer, F. (2011). Touching with the mind's hand: Tactile and proprioceptive stimulation facilitates conceptual size judgements. In A. Karmiloff-Smith, N. Nersessian & B. Kokinov (Eds.), Proceedings of the Third European Conference on Cognitive Science, paper 123. Sofia, Bulgaria: New Bulgarian University Press.