Time in the brain’s language: Spatio-temporal configuration of neurolinguistic circuits in health and disease
We explore the dynamic processes of storage and access of linguistic representations in the brain, specifically:
Our theoretical approach conceptualises linguistic representations as distributed cortical circuits formed via neurobiological associative-learning mechanisms. They encompass a network of brain areas and activate rapidly, automatically and in parallel, enabling fast processing of all incoming information. We continue to specify this model by scrutinising the time course and neural substrates of neurolinguistic activations through the temporally-precise methods of MEG/EEG in combination with other imaging, behavioural and computational tools, capturing the real-time dynamics of linguistic processes.
Our techniques employ unparalleled fine-grain scrutiny of brain activations and are unique in precision-matching stimuli for multiple factors, strictly controlling their acoustic make-up, psycholinguistic properties, word recognition points etc., and in ruling out the influence of tasks and experimental strategies by explicitly controlling attention and using non-attend designs.