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

Department of Neuropsychology

Neurocognition of Language Processing

Based on our findings, we have formulated a Neurocognitive Model of Auditory Language Comprehension in the adult (see Friederici, 2002, 2006 & 2009; Friederici & Alter, 2004).

This model provides a testable framework for the time course and functional neuroanatomy of syntactic, thematic, lexical as well as sublexical processes. These processes, we argue, form separable networks in the left hemisphere, while prosodic analysis appears firmly rooted in areas of the right hemisphere.

Our research focuses to a great extent on how the processing of syntax in the adult brain interacts with various perceptual domains (auditory, visual), related cognitive domains (e.g. memory) and how its relationship to other linguistic (phonology, prosody) and non-linguistic domains (e.g. emotion, gesture, music) can be pinpointed.

All projects aim to specify the temporal, functional, as well as structural connections between key (temporal, frontal, subcortical) brain areas and to contribute to a refined understanding of the hierarchical pathways of language, which is a stronghold of our research agenda.

Publications

Friederici, A. D.: The cortical language circuit: From auditory perception to sentence comprehension. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 16 (5), pp. 262 - 268 (2012)
Friederici, A. D.: The brain basis of language processing: From structure to function. Physiological Reviews 91 (4), pp. 1357 - 1392 (2011)
Friederici, A. D.: Pathways to language: Fiber tracts in the human brain. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 13 (4), pp. 175 - 181 (2009)
Friederici, A. D.; Alter, K.: Lateralization of auditory language functions: A dynamic dual pathway model. Brain and Language 89 (2), pp. 267 - 276 (2004)
Friederici, A. D.: Towards a neural basis of auditory sentence processing. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 6 (2), pp. 78 - 84 (2002)
 
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