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16886 - Colloquium/Seminar

Progress in Brain Language Research

Koordination: Friedemann Pulvermüller

Venue: JK 31/102  (Habelschwerdter Allee 45)

Time: Wednesday 16:00-18:00

Start: 19.04.2017

Teaching language: English


Limited capacity: no

Compulsory participation: yes

SWS: 2

The colloquium plan is here.

Notice for students:

To participate in this colloquium, please register with Verena.Arndt@fu-berlin.de and/or talk to Friedemann Pulvermüller in his office hour.


This research seminar focuses on reviewing and discussing recent progress in the cognitive neuroscience of language. It has four main strands. 1) External speakers will set the stage for focused discussion of cutting edge research in the field. 2) In depth reviews of research publications will provide insights into recent progress in brain language research. 3) Researchers at the FU Berlin’s Brain Language Laboratory will present their own research plans and aspects of their ongoing research to open discussion of future research perspectives. 4) BA and MA students from the Arbeitsbereich ‘Neuroscience of Language and Pragmatics’ will introduce their project plans and results to receive comments, assistance and guidance.

Hot topics that will form the seminar’s foci in the new semester include the neural manifestations of linguistic-semantic and -pragmatic prediction (see Grisoni et al.), mapping words semantics onto the brain (see Carota et al.), the simulation of brain language mechanisms using mathematical models (see Schomers et al.) and language therapy after stroke (Stahl et al., Lucchese et al.).

Recommended reading:

Carota, F., Nili, H., Kriegeskorte, N., & Pulvermüller, F. (2017). Representational similarity mapping of distributional semantics in left inferior frontal, middle temporal and motor cortex. Cereb Cortex, in press.

Grisoni, L., Dreyer, F. R., & Pulvermüller, F. (2016). Somatotopic semantic priming and prediction in the motor system. Cereb Cortex, 26, 2353–2366.

Lucchese, G., Pulvermuller, F., Stahl, B., Dreyer, F. R., & Mohr, B. (2016). Therapy-Induced neuroplasticity of language in chronic post stroke aphasia: A Mismatch Negativity study of (a)grammatical and meaningful/less mini-constructions. Front Hum Neurosci, 10, 669.

Schomers, M., Garagnani, M., & Pulvermüller, F. (2017). Neurocomputational consequences of evolutionary connectivity changes in perisylvian language cortex. J Neurosci, in press.

Stahl, B., Mohr, B., Dreyer, F. R., Lucchese, G., & Pulvermuller, F. (2016). Using language for social interaction: Communication mechanisms promote recovery from chronic non-fluent aphasia. Cortex, 85, 90-99.

Tomasello, R., Garagnani, M., Wennekers, T., & Pulvermüller, F. (2017). Brain connections of words, perceptions and actions: A neurobiological model of spatio-temporal semantic activation in the human cortex. Neuropsychologia, in press.

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