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Kursbeschreibung-16788-Progress in BLR

16788 - Seminar/Colloquium

Progress in Brain Language Research

Koordination: Prof. Dr. Dr. Friedemann Pulvermüller

Ort: Online via Webex

Zeit: Mi 16:00 - 18:00

Erster Termin: 22.04.2020

Unterrichtssprache: Englisch


Platzbeschränkung: Nein

Teilnahmepflicht: Ja

SWS: 2


The seminar will take place online via Webex. To get the link please send an email (verena.arndt@fu-berlin.de) to register one day in advance. 


This research seminar focuses on reviewing and discussing recent progress in the cognitive neuroscience of language and in the field of semantics/pragmatics. The seminar has four main strands:

BA and MA candidates working in the field of semantics, pragmatics or brain language research will present their work plans and first results,

  1. Researchers at the FU Berlin’s Brain Language Laboratory will present their ongoing work and explain their recent findings and publications,
  2. Recently published research articles in the domain of semantics, pragmatics and brain language research will be reviewed by the participants to highlight the latest progress in the field,
  3. National and international invited guest scientists and specialists in brain language research will report on their latest results.

Hot seminar topics will be experimental findings from new research projects including the research focus on the Material Basis of Symbols of the excellence cluster Matters of Activity, the EU’s International Training Network Conversational Brains (CoBra) and the French-German research initiative on Phonological Networks in Speech Production and Understanding (PhoNet) along with more established ones addressing experimental pragmatics (Brain Signatures of Communication), neurosemantics (The Sound of Meaning), and speech language rehabilitation (Intensive Language Action Therapy). Funding support by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and the European Union is kindly acknowledged.

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

Topic related recent publications:

Dreyer, F. R., & Pulvermüller, F. (2019). The relevance of specific semantic categories in investigating the neural bases of abstract and concrete semantics. In M. Bolognesi & G. J. Steen (Eds.), Perspectives on abstract concepts: Cognition, language and communication (pp. 17–42). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing.

Grisoni, L., Mohr, B., & Pulvermüller, F. (2019). Prediction mechanisms in motor and auditory areas and their role in sound perception and language understanding. NeuroImage, 199, 206-216. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.05.071

Margiotoudi, K., Allritz, M., Bohn, M., & Pulvermüller, F. (2019). Sound symbolic congruency detection in humans but not in great apes. Sci Rep, 9(1), 12705. doi:10.1038/s41598-019-49101-4

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

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., Wennekers, T., Garagnani, M., & Pulvermüller, F. (2019). Visual cortex recruitment during language processing in blind individuals is explained by Hebbian learning. Sci Rep, 9(1), 3579.