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NeuroDynamics of Human Communication

The limits of my language are the limits of my world. ~Ludwig Wittgenstein 


The Laboratory of NeuroDynamics of Human Communication (NeDComm Lab) is an international research group at Aarhus University (AU), Denmark. We are part of the multi-disciplinary Center of Functionally Integrative Neuroscience (CFIN) at the AU’s Institute for Clinical Medicine (Health Faculty), and are physically located at Aarhus University Hospital.

Language is a uniquely human neurocognitive function which plays a defining role in our lives. The importance of language as our main communication tool cannot be exaggerated, and its deficiencies are devastating for the sufferers and their families, and costly for society. Developmental language deficits are estimated to affect ~10% of pre-school children; in adults, these are complemented by acquired deficits, such as aphasia. Linguistic deficits also accompany a range of conditions, such as autism, schizophrenia etc. In spite of the obvious importance of language and the high cost of its deficits, it remains one of the least understood neurocognitive functions. One reason for this is that, as a communication system, human language is unparalleled in its complexity and has no suitable animal models. In our work, we explore the dynamic processes of storage and access of linguistic representations in the brain. We combine neuroscientific, linguistic, behavioural and clinical approaches, and our team includes scientists of diverse cross-disciplinary backgrounds. State-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques are combined with psycholinguistic and neuropsychological experimentation in order to address a range of questions related to the language function, from phonological processes to lexical semantics, syntax and pragmatics.

Coordinator: Yury Shtyrov