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Progress in Brain Language Research


Koordination: Prof. Friedemann Pulvermüller

Where: JK 31/102 (Habelschwerdter Allee 45)

Time: Mi, 16:00-18:00

First Meeting: 20.10.2021

Number of participants: open

Limitation of participant number: none

Compulsory participation: Yes

SWS: 2


Interesting guest lectures


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 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 and Cutting 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. References: 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 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 Pulvermüller, F., Tomasello, R., Henningsen-Schomers, M. R., & Wennekers, T. (2021). Biological constraints on neural network models of cognitive function. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, in press.