Director

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Angela D. Friederici
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Angela D. Friederici
Director
Phone: +49 341 9940-112
Fax: +49 341 9940-113

Secretariat

Melanie Trümper
Personal assistant
Phone: +49 341 9940-112
Fax: +49 341 9940-113
Margund Greiner
Personal assistant
Phone: +49 341 9940-107
Fax: +49 341 9940-113

Latest Thinking – Unlocking frontier research

The idea: Complicated stuff needs to be explained. In Latest Thinking, the researchers personally explain their latest insights into the realities of life.

Prof. Angela D. Friederici: Is Language Development in the Child’s Brain Visible on a Molecular Level?

The idea: Complicated stuff needs to be explained. In Latest Thinking, the researchers personally explain their latest insights into the realities of life.

Department of Neuropsychology

The Department’s research agenda is to identify the functional architecture of language and its neuroanatomical basis in the mature and the developing brain.

The approach of the Neuropsychology Department is interdisciplinary, using different methods for analyzing brain activity and anatomical structure. To identify how brain activity during language processing unfolds in time, we mainly use magnetoencephalographic (MEG) and electroencephalographic (EEG) measurements as well as behavioural measures to identify the temporal structure of brain activity during language processing. The combination of the former two methods with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), with its high spatial resolution, allows us to establish a coherent picture of the functional neuroanatomy of language processing in the human brain. In addition, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) analyses are used to gain insight into the structural connectivities underlying the neural network of language.

News from the department

This video introduces the TMS lab of the research group Modulation of Language Networks. TMS – transcranial magnetic stimulation – is a non-invasive method to stimulate the brain. If you’d like to participate in one of our experiments, please register via this link.

Our TMS Lab

This video introduces the TMS lab of the research group Modulation of Language Networks. TMS – transcranial magnetic stimulation – is a non-invasive method to stimulate the brain. If you’d like to participate in one of our experiments, please register via this link.

Professor Angela D. Friederici discusses the structures in the brain that make human language unique and possible.March 25, 2017Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual conference, San Francisco

Big Ideas in Cognitive Neuroscience

Professor Angela D. Friederici discusses the structures in the brain that make human language unique and possible.

March 25, 2017
Cognitive Neuroscience Society annual conference, San Francisco
Over a period of several months a film crew recorded volunteers of the long-term study Second language acquisition hereat the Max Planck Institute. As a result, the short documentary was broadcast on 3sat nano on 19th January 2017 and can be viewed in German on the Mediathek.

3sat nano: "How to learn Language"

Over a period of several months a film crew recorded volunteers of the long-term study Second language acquisition hereat the Max Planck Institute. As a result, the short documentary was broadcast on 3sat nano on 19th January 2017 and can be viewed in German on the Mediathek.

A conversation about the development of language during the course of our lives, her work as vice president of the Max Planck Society, and the value of basic research to uncover truly new findings. The BR alpha forum invites outstanding personalities from the fields of politics and business, science and society, and culture and religion to engage in profound discussion, in which there is enough time for details and nuances and not only attention-grabbing quotes.

Professor Angela D. Friederici as a guest in BR alpha forum

A conversation about the development of language during the course of our lives, her work as vice president of the Max Planck Society, and the value of basic research to uncover truly new findings.
The BR alpha forum invites outstanding personalities from the fields of politics and business, science and society, and culture and religion to engage in profound discussion, in which there is enough time for details and nuances and not only attention-grabbing quotes.

Latest press releases from the department

Babies succeed much earlier than previously assumed in assigning meanings to words and to not perceive them as random noise.

Early Language Development in Fast Motion: How Sounds Become Words during Sleep

Babies succeed much earlier than previously assumed in assigning meanings to words and to not perceive them as random noise. [more]
With the help of brain activity and gene analyses, it could be pre- dicted in time whether a child could be affected by dyslexia.

Recognising dyslexia in time: Foundations laid for future early test

With the help of brain activity and gene analyses, it could be pre- dicted in time whether a child could be affected by dyslexia. [more]
Why certain linguistic abilities can be regained after a stroke while others are lost forever.

First aid in the brain: When language suddenly fails

Why certain linguistic abilities can be regained after a stroke while others are lost forever. [more]
Reading is such a modern invention that there is no brain area dedicated to it<em>—</em>and recycles others for his purpose.

Amazingly flexible: Learning to read in your thirties profoundly transforms the brain

Reading is such a modern invention that there is no brain area dedicated to itand recycles others for his purpose. [more]
By the age of four years we suddenly start to understand what other people think—thanks to a critical fibre connection in the brain.

Connection matters: Researchers discover brain structure that helps us to understand what others think

By the age of four years we suddenly start to understand what other people think—thanks to a critical fibre connection in the brain. [more]
Global excellence in language research

From South Korea to Germany, and back:

Global excellence in language research [more]

Our research topics in in various media formats

"Grounding language on neurobiology", talk by Angela D. Friederici

Sixth Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Amsterdam, 27.-29.08.14

"Grounding language on neurobiology", talk by Angela D. Friederici [more]
This article appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Sprache – grenzenlos im neuronalen Netz

May 21, 2014

This article appeared in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. [more]
For more information see "The brain basis of language processing: From structure to function." Physiological Reviews, 91, 1357-1392. Short overview of the current model. ...an interactive model.

Our brain, basis of language processes: structure and function 3-D model

For more information see "The brain basis of language processing: From structure to function." Physiological Reviews, 91, 1357-1392. Short overview of the current model. ...an interactive model. [more]
Free educational tools for cognitive neuroscience, Angela D. Friederici - Language and the Brain.   ...see the interview compilations.

goCognitive

Free educational tools for cognitive neuroscience, Angela D. Friederici - Language and the Brain.

...see the interview compilations. [more]
Lectures during the summer semester 2010 at the University of Mainz on the topic "Language and brain"

Johannes Gutenberg Endowed Professorship

Lectures during the summer semester 2010 at the University of Mainz on the topic "Language and brain" [more]
 
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