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 and then, from 2013 to 2016, did my 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. Currently, I employ transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) as well as neuroanatomically grounded neural network models (in collaboration with Max Garagnani at Goldsmiths, University of London).
Current projects include using TMS to investigate the role of perisylvian language areas in language comprehension and using computational models to investigate the role of these areas in word learning.
- 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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