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CFIN & MIB Guest Talk: Dr. Roel Willems

Dr. Roel Willems, Senior Researcher, Centre for Language Studies & Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour Radboud University Nijmegen is visiting Aarhus and will give a CFIN/MIB Guest Talk on: The narrative mind: Neurocognitive insights into literary reading.

2016.11.24 | Henriette Blæsild Vuust

Date Mon 06 Feb
Time 13:30 14:30
Location CFIN & MIB meeting room, 5th floor, AUG building 10G, Nørrebrogade 44, Aarhus C.

The narrative mind: Neurocognitive insights into literary reading

Roel M. Willems

Radboud University Nijmegen & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen


Despite that narratives play an important role in our lives, the bulk of what we know about cognitive neuroscience does not concern narrative. Here I will present the outcome of several studies in which we measured on-line processing of literary narratives. Using a variety of techniques (e.g. fMRI, eyetracking) we investigated the influence of mental simulation during narrative comprehension, and participants’ sensitivity to style figures during reading. In general terms I will argue that the empirical study of narrative opens up possibilities for investigating seemingly distant topics such as mental simulation or prediction, in a much more ecologically valid manner than is usually done. Finally, I will show how neuroimaging data collected while participants engage with narratives have several advantages above more traditional kinds of neuroimaging experiments.

Read more: http://www.ru.nl/english/research/vm/healthy-brain/language/ 


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