Angela Friederici - Language and the Brain

Angela Friederici - Language and the Brain

Dr. Angela Friederici is a leading researcher in the field of psycholinguistics. She is the director of the Neuropsychology group at the Max-Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. Her research interests consist of the identification of the functional architecture of language and its neuroanatomical basis in the mature and the developing brain. In her work, Dr. Friederici uses different methods for analyzing brain activity and the underlying anatomical structure. Through magnetoencephalography (MEG) and electroencephalography (EEG) measurements and behavioral measures her group identifies the temporal structure of brain activity during language processing. In combination with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), this results in a coherent picture of the functional neuroanatomy of language processing in the human brain. In this interview with goCognitive, Dr. Friederici explains her basic apporach to research in psycholinguistics and the different components that make up language processing: syntax, semantics, and prosody. The interview was conducted in the spring of 2011 (funding by the National Science Foundation DUE-0942497).

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language processing, linguistics