Lorentz Center - Brain Mechanisms and Cognitive Processes in the Comprehension of Discourse from 12 Mar 2007 through 16 Mar 2007
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    Brain Mechanisms and Cognitive Processes in the Comprehension of Discourse
    from 12 Mar 2007 through 16 Mar 2007

Preliminary programme (all mentioned speakers are confirmed, but please check for updates):

Monday, March 12


Constraints on discourse comprehension: linguistics and neuroscience

09:00-09:30       Opening remarks by presenters

09:30-10:30       Arie Verhagen: Language for Discourse: Linguistic constraints and challenges in the study of cognitive processing

10:30-11:00       Coffee break

11:00-12:00       Peter Hagoort: The discourse of the brain

12:00-13:30       lunch

13:30-14:30       Introduction to discussion themes for Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, by organizers

14:30-15:00       Tea break

15:00-17:00       Posters

17:00                  Wine & Cheese party



Tuesday, March 13


Processing models of discourse comprehension

09:30-10:30       Paul van den Broek: Cognitive Processes during Text Comprehension

10:30-11:00       Coffee break

11:00-12:00       Tony Sanford: An enriched picture of (written) discourse comprehension

12:00-13:30       lunch

13:30-15:00       Three parallel theme discussion groups

15:00-16:00       Tea Break

16:00-17:00       Seana Coulson: The Magic Electrode: Asking and Answering Questions in Cognitive Neuroscience



Wednesday, March 14


High-speed neuro-imaging of discourse comprehension (EEG, MEG)

09:30-10:30       Jos van Berkum: Sentence comprehension in a wider discourse

10:30-11:00       Coffee break

11:00-12:00       Charles Perfetti: Text comprehension is word-by-word (and word learning is text-by-text)

12:00-13:30       lunch

13:30-??             Afternoon demo’s / hands-on practice (probably neuroanatomy, EEG, fMRI analysis) and social event, followed by dinner



Thursday, March 15


The neural substrate of discourse comprehension (fMRI, PET, hemifield techniques)

09:30-10:30       Evelyn Ferstl: The Extended Language Network (ELN): Neuroimaging studies of text comprehension

10:30-11:00       Coffee break

11:00-12:00       Marcel Just: Brain networks for discourse comprehension

12:00-13:30       lunch

13:30-15:00       Three parallel theme discussion groups

15:00-16:00       Tea Break

16:00-17:00       Debra Long: Discourse Representation in the Right Hemisphere: Now You See It—Now You Don’t



Friday, March 16


Individual variation (patients, individual differences) in discourse comprehension

09:30-10:30       Mark Beeman: Bilateral processes and affective modulation involved in drawing inferences during natural story comprehension

10:30-11:00       Coffee break

11:00-12:00       Gina Kuperberg: Neural correlates of establishing causal coherence across sentences in healthy individuals and in patients with schizophrenia: Insights from ERPs and fMRI

12:00-13:30       lunch

13:30-14:30       plenary discussion (and reporting from theme discussion groups)

15:00-15:30       Tea break

15:30-16:30       Simon Garrod: Interactive alignment during dialogue: Implications for language processing architecture

16:30-17:00       closing remarks by organizers





Petra van Alphen: About embarking dogs and gracious mice: an ERP study on the integration of embedded words


Giosuè Baggio: An ERP study on the semantics of the progressive


Annette Baumgaertner: Embodied sentence processing in the left inferior frontal lobe


Jos van Berkum: So how do you feel about this? An ERP study on opinion poll comprehension


Heather Ferguson: Predicting events according to a counterfactual world or the beliefs of others: Evidence of a gender bias in processing


Heater Ferguson: Detecting violations in real- and counterfactual- world contexts: Eye-movements and ERP analysis


Dieuwke de Goede: About tigers and sharks in cages: Plans for an EEG study on the influence of focus on semantic anomaly detection


John Hoeks: Making “Gapping” Easy: The Effects of Pragmatic Context and Thematic Fit


Panayiota Kendeou: Cognitive and Neurological Bases of Inferential Processes during Reading


Kerry Ledoux: An event-related potential study of implicit causality and the establishment of coreference


Jose León: The cortical network supporting backward and forward causal inferences. An fMRI study based on time course


Lucy MacGregor: Do hesitations help? An electrophysiological investigation into the effects of corrections in speech on language comprehension


Carol Madden: Are Concrete and Abstract Sentences Understood in Terms of Underlying Force Patterns?


Robert Mason: Examination of the timecourse of the hemodynamic response functions during the processing of intentional inferences in text


Laura Menenti: Modulation of world knowledge comprehension by discourse: and fMRI study


Mante Nieuwland: Who are you talking about? Tracking discourse-level referential processing with ERPs
Franz Schmalhofer: Integrated understanding of sentences and pictures: Crossmodal recognition processes for the referent of a word


Vaughn Steele: Conflict and Resolution in Semantic Processes Underlying Comprehension: An ERP Time-Frequency Analysis


Connie Tompkins: Coarse coding and inference deficit in right-brain-damaged adults


Manuel de Vega: Counterfactual discourse in the brain. An ERP study with high-density montage


Roel Willems: Seeing and hearing meaning: Neural correlates for the integration of hand gestures, pictures and words into a sentence context


Ying Wu: How gestures enhance communication: An ERP Study