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Isabella Boux, M.Sc.



      E-Mail:  isabella.boux@psych.rwth-aachen.de

Personal profile

After completing my B.Sc. in Biology at the Université François Rabelais in Tours, France (2013) I have developed an interest in the brain and its function, which motivated me to continue my studies with a M.Sc. in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain at the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany (2017). I have joined the Brain Language Lab in 2016 as I carried out the research for my master thesis about neuropragmatics, where I investigated neural correlates of production of different speech acts. I work at the lab as a doctoral student since May 2018, in the framework of the doctoral program of the Berlin School of Mind and Brain and funded by the Einstein Center for Neurosciences.

Research interest

I am interested in neuropragmatics: the way the brain processes language in context. The aim of my doctoral project is to understand how the brain encodes different communicative intentions (speech act types) conveyed by the same physical utterance and to elucidate whether certain brain regions play a causal role in disambiguating between different possible interpretations of the same utterance (for example in the case of indirect speech acts). For my project I plan to use TMS, fMRI and EEG methods.

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Boux, I. P., & Pulvermüller, F. (2023). Does the right temporo-parietal junction play a role in processing indirect speech acts? A transcranial magnetic stimulation study. Neuropsychologia, 108588. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2023.108588

Boux, I. P., Margiotoudi, K., Dreyer, F., et al. (2022) Cognitive features of indirect speech acts, Language. Cognition and Neuroscience, Ahead-of-print, 1-25. doi: 10.1080/23273798.2022.2077396.

Tomasello, R., Grisoni, L., Boux, I. P., et al. (2022). Instantaneous Neural Processing of Communicative Functions Conveyed by Speech Prosody. Cereb. Cortex. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhab522.

Boux, I. P., Tomasello, R., Grisoni, L., Pulvermüller, F. Brain signatures predict communicative function of speech production in interaction. Cortex 135, 127-145. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2020.11.008.