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Kursbeschreibung: Progess in Brain Language Research

16893 - Colloquium/Seminar

Progress in Brain Language Research

Koordination: Friedemann Pulvermüller

Venue: JK 31/122  (Habelschwerdter Allee 45)

Time: Wednesday 16:00-18:00

Start: 18.04.2018

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 three main strands. 1) External speakers will set the stage for focused discussions. 2) In depth reviews of research publications will provide insights into recent progress in specific research areas. 3) Researchers at the FU Berlin’s Brain Language Laboratory and seminar participants interested in semantics, pragmatics and/or their cognitive and brain basis will present their own research plans and aspects of their ongoing work to open discussion of future perspectives. In this context, MA and BA students may present work for their theses.

Hot seminar topics in the new semester include new experimental findings in the context of three ongoing research projects, which respectively focus on experimental pragmatics, neurosemantics and therapy of language and communication.

Recommended reading:

Dreyer, F. R., & Pulvermüller, F. (2018). Abstract semantics in the motor system?–An event-related fMRI study on passive reading of semantic word categories carrying abstract emotional and mental meaning. Cortex, in press.

Grisoni, L., Miller, T. M., & Pulvermüller, F. (2017). Neural Correlates of Semantic Prediction and Resolution in Sentence Processing. J Neurosci, 37(18), 4848-4858. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2800-16.2017

Miller, T. M., Schmidt, T. T., Blankenburg, F., & Pulvermüller, F. (2017). Verbal labels facilitate tactile perception. Cognition, 171, 172-179. doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2017.10.010.

Pulvermüller, F. (2018). Neural reuse of action perception circuits for language, concepts and communication. Progress in Neurobiology, in press. doi:10.1016/j.pneurobio.2017.07.001.

Pulvermüller, F. (2018). The case of CAUSE: Neurobiological mechanisms for grounding an abstract concept. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, London, B: Biological Sciences, in press

Schomers, M. R., Garagnani, M., & Pulvermüller, F. (2017). Neurocomputational consequences of evolutionary connectivity changes in perisylvian language cortex. J Neurosci, 37(11), 3045-3055.

Stahl, B., Mohr, B., Büscher, V., Dreyer, F. R., Lucchese, G., & Pulvermüller, F. (2018). Efficacy of intensive aphasia therapy in chronic stroke patients: A randomised controlled trial. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, in press.

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, 98(4), 111–129. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.07.004.n

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