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Kolloquium: Progress in Brain Language Research


Progress in Brain Language Research


Koordination: Prof. Friedemann Pulvermüller

Ort: JK 31/102 (Habelschwerdter Allee 45) oder per Webex

Zeit: Mi, 16-18 Uhr

Erster Termin: 20.04.2022 per Webex

Unterrichtssprache: Englisch/Deutsch

Teilnehmerzahl: offen

Platzbeschränkung: Nein

Teilnahmepflicht: Ja

SWS: 2


Guest Lectures

The Colloquium is planned in person. We will try to also stream them via webex at:


Some talks are planned online only (see program).


This seminar is for students interested in linguistic research and 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. This term, there will be a focus on external speakers, several international research leaders seaking in the colloquium. Berlin work covered will come from the 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.

Related recent publications:

  • Grisoni, L., Tomasello, R., & Pulvermüller, F. (2021). Correlated Brain Indexes of Semantic Prediction and Prediction Error: Brain Localization and Category Specificity. Cerebral Cortex, 31(3), 1553-1568. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhaa308
  • 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
  • Henningsen-Schomers, M. R., & Pulvermuller, F. (2022). Correction to: Modelling concrete and abstract concepts using brain-constrained deep neural networks. Psychol Res. doi: 10.1007/s00426-022-01657-z
  • Margiotoudi, K., Bohn, M., Schwob, N., Taglialatela, J., Pulvermuller, F., Epping, A., Schweller, K., & Allritz, M. (2022). Bo-NO-bouba-kiki: picture-word mapping but no spontaneous sound symbolic speech-shape mapping in a language trained bonobo. Proc Biol Sci, 289(1968), 20211717. doi: 10.1098/rspb.2021.1717
  • Pulvermüller, F., Tomasello, R., Henningsen-Schomers, M. R., & Wennekers, T. (2021). Biological constraints on neural network models of cognitive function. Nat Rev Neurosci, 22(8), 488-502. doi: 10.1038/s41583-021-00473-5
  • Tomasello, R., Grisoni, L., Boux, I., Sammler, D., & Pulvermuller, F. (2022). Instantaneous Neural Processing of Communicative Functions Conveyed by Speech Prosody. Cereb Cortex. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhab522