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Kursbeschreibung-16787-Progress in BLR

16787 - Seminar/Colloquium

Progress in Brain Language Research

Koordination: Prof. Dr. Dr. Friedemann Pulvermüller

Ort: JK 31/122 Geschäftszimmer (Habelschwerdter Allee 45)

Zeit: Mi 16:00 - 18:00

Erster Termin: 10.04.2019

Unterrichtssprache: Englisch


Platzbeschränkung: Nein

Teilnahmepflicht: Ja

SWS: 2

Programm zum Kolloquium


This research seminar focuses on reviewing and discussing recent progress in the cognitive neuroscience of language. It has three main strands. 1) Invited guest speakers from different disciplines will introduce to cutting edge international research and will set the stage for focused discussions of linguistic mechanisms. 2) In depth reviews of recently published research articles will provide insights into current progress in specific research areas in brain language research. 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 relevant for their theses.

Hot seminar topics in the new semester include recent experimental findings from the new excellence cluster ‘Matters of Activity’ and from five ongoing research projects funded by the DFG, which address experimental pragmatics, neurosemantics, neurophonology and speech language therapy.

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

Recent publications relevant for the seminar:

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, 100, 52-70. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2017.10.021

Heikkinen, P. H., Pulvermüller, F., Mäkelä, J. P., Ilmoniemi, R. J., Lioumis, P., Kujala, T., Manninen, R.L.,

Ahvenainen, A., & Klippi, A. (2019). Combining rTMS with intensive Language-Action Therapy in chronic aphasia: A randomized controlled trial. Front. Neurosci, 12, 1036.

Miller, T. M., Schmidt, T. T., Blankenburg, F., & Pulvermüller, F. (2018). 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. Prog Neurobiol, 160, 1-44. doi:10.1016/j.pneurobio.2017.07.001

Pulvermüller, F. (2018). The case of CAUSE: neurobiological mechanisms for grounding an abstract concept. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci, 373(1752). doi:10.1098/rstb.2017.0129

Pulvermüller, F. (2018). Neurobiological mechanisms for semantic feature extraction and conceptual flexibility. Top Cogn Sci, 10(3), 590-620. doi:10.1111/tops.12367

Schmidt, T. T., Miller, T. M., Blankenburg, F., & Pulvermüller, F. (2019). Neuronal correlates of label facilitated tactile perception. Sci Rep, 9(1), 1606. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-37877-w

Tomasello, R., Garagnani, M., Wennekers, T., & Pulvermüller, F. (2018). A neurobiologically constrained cortex model of semantic grounding with spiking neurons and brain-like connectivity. Front Comput Neurosci, 12, 88. doi:10.3389/fncom.2018.00088

Tomasello, R., Wennekers, T., Garagnani, M., & Pulvermüller, F. (2019). Visual cortex recruitment during language processing in blind individuals is explained by Hebbian learning. Sci Rep, in press