I studied Natural Sciences with a minor in Computer Science at the University of Cambridge, UK, specialising in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. In 2011, I moved to Freie Universität Berlin, where I completed an M.Sc. in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, followed by a PhD 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 program.
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 concrete and abstracts concepts are represented in the brain. I employ neurophysiological techniques (EEG/MEG) as well as neurostimulation methods such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).
In addition to this, the majority of my current projects focuses on using neuroanatomically grounded neural network models (in collaboration with Dr. Max Garagnani at Goldsmiths, University of London). To this end, we use deep neural networks to simulate fundamental processes related to language processing, in particular in the area of phonology and semantics. Employing the "explainable AI" approach, we then analyze what kinds of representations emerge in the networks' hidden layers as a result of deep learning. Finally, we also try to relate our observations from neural networks to "real-life" human physiological data using methods such as representational similarity analysis (RSA).
- Dr. Max Garagnani, Dept. of Computer Science - Goldsmiths, University of London
- Prof. Yury Shtyrov, Center for Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN) - Aarhus University, Denmark
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]
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