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Kolloquium: Progress in Brain Language Research

Progress in Brain Language Research


Koordination: Prof. Friedemann Pulvermüller

Ort: Online via Webex

Zeit: Mi, 16-18 Uhr

Erster Termin: 14.04.2021

Unterrichtssprache: Englisch/Deutsch

Teilnehmerzahl: offen

Platzbeschränkung: Nein

Teilnahmepflicht: Ja

SWS: 2



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:


  1. BA and MA candidates working in the field of semantics, pragmatics or brain language research will present their work plans and first results,
  2. Researchers at the FU Berlin’s Brain Language Laboratory will present their ongoing work and explain their recent findings and publications,
  3. 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,
  4. National and international invited speakers will present their research in the fields of semantics, pragmatics and the neurobiology of language.


Several sessions of the upcoming seminar will focus on a new major research project, the just starting ERC Advanced Grant Material Constraints Enabling Human Cognition (MatCo), where we are trying to specify the mechanistic neurobiological basis of human language. Ongoing research from a range of other current research endeavors will also be featured, including the project Symbolic Materials of the Cluster-of-Excellence Matters of Activity, the EU’s International Training Network Conversational Brains (CoBra), the French-German research initiative on Phonological Networks in Speech Production and Understanding (PhoNet), and the DFG-projects on Brain Signatures of Communication (BraiSiCo)The Sound of Meaning (SOM) and Intensive Language Action Therapy of Aphasia (ILAT). Generous funding support by the European Research Council, the European Union and the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft is kindly acknowledged.

Presentations will be given in English or German.

Students and researchers who are interested to participate in this colloquium are kindly requested to contact Verena.Arndt@fu-berlin.de and/or talk to Friedemann Pulvermüller in his office hour.

Topic related recent publications:

Boux, I., Tomasello, R., Grisoni, L., & Pulvermüller, F. (2021). Brain signatures predict communicative function of speech production in interaction. Cortex, 135, 127-145. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2020.11.008

Dreyer, F. R., Picht, T., Frey, D., Vajkoczy, P., & Pulvermüller, F. (2020). The functional relevance of dorsal motor systems for processing tool nouns- evidence from patients with focal lesions. Neuropsychologia, 1073-1084. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2020.107384

Grisoni, L., Tomasello, R., & Pulvermüller, F. (2021). Correlated Brain Indexes of Semantic Prediction and Prediction Error: Brain Localization and Category Specificity. Cereb Cortex, 31(3), 1553-1568. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhaa308

Margiotoudi, K., & Pulvermüller, F. (2020). Action sound-shape congruencies explain sound symbolism. Sci Rep, 10(1), 12706. doi: 10.1038/s41598-020-69528-4

Pulvermüller, F., & Grisoni, L. (2020). Semantic Prediction in Brain and Mind. Trends Cogn Sci, 24(10), 781-784. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2020.07.002

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.