Interview Compilations

How is language processed in the brain?
Title Description Interviewee Producer Duration
Additional cues in communication There are many other issues in language processing that are important – the distribution of attention, eye gaze, gestures, and many more work together in a normal communication. Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:01:35
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... Angela Friederici goCognitive
Broca's and Wernicke's areas revisited Broca's and Wernicke's areas both represent an important historic step in cognitive neuroscience - demonstrating the localization of function in the human brain. However, over the last century and a half, the interpretation of the... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:05:04
Different forms of dyslexia Dyslexia, the inability to read and write, can have multiple roots. Dr. Friederici mentions the different stages at which the processing deficits might occur. Even though they might all be classified as dyslexia, there are different types of... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:02:07
Different languages, similar brains Even though languages might differ tremendously in their vocabulary, their grammatical and morphological rules, and the correspondence between spoken and written language, the same human brain can handle all of these. The same language centers in... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:03:13
EEG/MEG and the time course of language processing Electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) allow the analysis of cortical processing with a very high temporal resolution. The researcher can pinpoint very exactly at which point in time processing is affected by a particular... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:02:42
Gender differences in language processing Gender differences in language processing are often exaggerated in popular magazines. Dr. Friederici’s lab has not found many gender specific effects in language processing. The only stable difference they found is related to the timing of... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:03:42
Hemispheric differences in language processing Language is usually considered to be processed in the left hemisphere (at least for right-handed people). Left-handed people often show the same pattern, but sometimes language is less lateralized. However, if one looks at language processing in... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:07:01
Investigating semantics Compared to investigating syntax, the study of linguistic semantics is quite difficult. One of the main issues is the distinction between semantics as a linguists understands it – and the view of semantics as common knowledge. For example, the... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:06:00
Language acquisition - why less is more According to Dr. Friederici, focusing on syntax and the grammatical rules of a language is more efficient than learning vocabulary. In this case, a simple set of a few nouns, verbs, and adjectives can help the learner to understand the syntactical... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:02:49