- Faculty members | Module I
Verbal Communication: Language
The department of Neuropsychology’s research agenda is to identify the functional architecture of language and its neural bases in the mature and the developing brain. The approach is interdisciplinary, using different methods to analyze the functional and structural neural network of language.
Multimodal investigations of networks for different language functions with TMS, fMRI and EEG. Adaptive plasticity and functional interactions in the healthy and lesioned language system.
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Our aim is to find out what mechanisms the human brain uses for audio-visual communication. We use a broad methodological approach (fMRI, sMRI, MEG, tDCS, eye-tracking) and investigate neurotypical populations as well as populations with communication deficits (developmental dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, phonagnosia, and developmental prosopagnosia).
My focus is on language and plasticity of the corresponding neuronal network. Research includes studies in healthy participants (and infants) and extends to investiagtions in patients with acquired brain lesion, who we treat in our Clinic for Cognitive Neurology closely affiliated to the MPI.
Communication without words – via melody and vocal tone in speech and music – is research focus of the Otto Hahn Group. By means of modern neuroscientific methods we investigate what enables us to decode speech melody and its social contents and how musicians lend themselves and their piece artistic expression.
Prof. Dorothee Saur, Neurologist at the University of Leipzig, is interested in studying the functional neuroanatomy of language and the mechanisms of neuronal plasticity of language recovery.
My BioCog group studies human information processing underlying perception, attention, and action, for example, we investigate how new information is detected by our brain and how it may distract attention in children and adults.