Brain and Language


We research all areas of human (neuro-)cognition that are related to language processing. Language is part of human behavior and probably one of the most complex cognitive skills. Serious research into the relation between the human brain and language processing started about two centuries ago. Neurologists such as Paul Broca and Carl Wernicke were among the first to demonstrate a direct link between brain structure and language processing. Neuropsychology of language still forms an important role to inform us about the relation between cortical structures and linguistic functions. New methodological developments, such as electrophysiology and brain imaging, have provided possibilities for experimental investigation of language processing. Together with behavioral research, the results of brain imaging research has led to better understanding of the neurocognitive basis of language processing.