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Department of Comparative Language Science Evolutionary Neuroscience of Language Group

Evolutionary Neuroscience of Language Group


Martin Meyer and his group are interested in all aspects of the relationship between brain and language. We ask how (spoken) language is used to understand the brain, and how the brain is used to understand (spoken) language. Using the full arsenal of modern neuroimaging approaches, we have investigated how right and left hemispheres contribute to decoding and understanding spoken utterances. In particular, we are interested in the influences of different forms of hearing loss and brain atrophy on the neuroplasticity of speech comprehension in different languages. Currently, we are working on a model of the evolutionary properties and origins of prosody and speech rhythm and their links to neural circuits of the motor system and aim to fathom the neural underpinning of structure planning during language production. Another area of our research examines the basis and treatment options for central hearing disorders, particularly chronic subjective tinnitus and its limiting effect on speech understanding and everyday communication.



Group Evolutionary Neuroscience of Language

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Group News

01.03.2022 Basil Preisig has joined the ENL team as a Senior Researcher. He is accompanied by PhD Student Natalia Furtidinova and Research and Teaching Assistant Anouk Glättli. Welcome!

Isasi-Isasmendi, Andrews, Flecken, Laka, Daum, Meyer, Bickel & Sauppe (2023). The Agent Preference in Visual Event Apprehension. Open Mind 7, 240-282. Link

Neuschwander, Schmitt, Jagoda, Kurthen, Giroud & Meyer (2023). Different neuroanatomical correlates for temporal and spectral supra-threshold auditory tasks and speech in noise recognition in older adults with hearing impairment. European Journal of Neuroscience 57, 981-1002. Link

Brain Structure and Function

New Paper Out

Elmer, Schmitt, Giroud & Meyer (2023). The neuroanatomical hallmarks of chronic tinnitus in comorbidity  with pure‑tone hearing loss. Brain Structure and Function, doi:10.1007/s00429-023-02669-0. Link


"Wie der Mensch zur Sprache kam"

Montag, 27. Februar 2023, 14.30 Uhr

Seniorenuniversität Schaffhausen, Pavillon im Park

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