Interview Compilations

How is language processed in the brain?
Title Description Interviewee Producer Duration
Studying bilingualism If a person speaks more than one language he or she is considered bilingual. The obvious question often asked is whether the brain areas involved in one language are identical to the brain areas involved in the other language. In general, fluent... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:05:12
The evolution of language The question about the evolutionary origins and precursors to modern human language is a very difficult one. One camp traces language to gestures and motor behavior (see for example Rizzolatti in his interview with goCognitive). The other camp... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:05:09
The integration of prosodic and syntactic information between the hemispheres Prosody is normally processed in the right hemisphere, whereas syntax is normally processed in the left hemisphere. To integrate prosody and syntax we have to allow information to pass between the two – which means that information must travel... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:02:28
The N400 and word meaning What is the relevance of the often found N400 component of the ERP in language processing? This seems to reflect lexical-semantic processing when pseudo words are introduced into a sentence or if a word does not fit in a particular context. Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:01:47
Three types of prosodic information Prosody describes the rhythm, stress, and intonation of speech. This often coincides with important syntactic boundaries. However, it also carries additional information about emotions of a speaker or the use of satire. Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:04:10
What does the P600 reflect? The P600 used to be understood in the processing of syntactic speech error. However, listening to more complex sentences also increases the P600 component. The modern view is that the P600 reflects a more general effect of processing difficulty –... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:01:57
Working memory and language processing An understanding of a spoken sentence requires that the listener keeps many grammatical structures and words of the spoken sentence in memory. This clearly puts a load on working memory – the ability to retain information over time. In this part... Angela Friederici goCognitive 00:09:43