Poeppel Lab Research

What neuronal and cognitive representations and operations form the basis for the transformation from “vibrations in the ear” (sounds) to “abstractions in the head” (words)?

Broadly speaking, the Poeppel Lab investigates questions about language, speech, and hearing. The main methods employed include behavioral experiments, magnetoencephalography (MEG), functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) - and whatever other methodology is appropriate for a given question.

Some of our featured projects:

David's Nijmegen Lectures, January 2016:
Lecture 1: On How Speech Is Pretty Special
Lecture 2: On the Sufficiency of Abstract Structure
Lecture 3: On the Insufficiency of Correlation Cognitive Neuroscience

Our research project into SCREAMING! has generated a lot of interest from all your favorite media outlets. You can read all about it at The New York Times, on NPR, or even at The Huffington Post. For an interesting short video about the project, try: "The Science of Screaming".

Here's an interesting take on how subjects experience their visit with us (courtesy of a visitor from the Marina Abramovic Institute.)