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.
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