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Progress in Brain Language Research

28.05.2013 | 13:00 - 15:00

Das Kolloquium ist offen für Clustermitglieder und Interessierte.

Leitung: Prof. Dr. Dr. Friedemann Pulvermüller


This colloquium offered in the context of the Cluster of Excellence “Languages of Emotion” will focus on recent advances in the investigation of brain mechanisms of language. It is designed for students and young researchers of all scientific backgrounds who are interested in an explanation of how the brain controls speech production, realises language comprehension and connects linguistic symbols with meaning and human interaction. The field of neurolinguistics will be broadly covered, with possible foci on phonological, lexical, syntactic, semantic and pragmatic questions. Further topics will be neurological language deficits, the neuroplastic changes following lesion of language relevant areas of the brain and the learning and relearning of language both in an experimental/language teaching context and in neurorehabilitation. A focus will be on explicit explanatory models of language mechanisms in the human brain.


The colloquium will cover cutting edge publications in the brain language domain and current research projects, including those currently underway at the Brain Language Laboratory and in other cognitive neuroscience groups at the Freie Universität Berlin. Ideal participants will aim at a BA, MA or PhD in the brain language sciences and may come from linguistics, psychology, neuroscience, or medicine. Participants may review a recent research publication or will be given an opportunity to present their own research plan or ongoing research project. In addition, presentations of guest scientists will be part of this course.


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Recommended readings

Cappa, S. F., & Pulvermüller, F. (2012). SPECIAL ISSUE - Language and the motor system. Cortex, 48(7), 785-787. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2012.04.010

Kiefer, M., & Pulvermüller, F. (2012). Conceptual representations in mind and brain: Theoretical developments, current evidence and future directions. Cortex, 48(7), 805-825. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2011.04.006

Pulvermüller, F. (2012). Meaning and the brain: The neurosemantics of referential, interactive, and combinatorial knowledge. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 25(5), 423-459. doi: 10.1016/j.jneuroling.2011.03.004

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28.05.2013 | 13:00 - 15:00

Konferenzraum JK 33/121