Semantic cognition

Semantic cognition - semantically driven verbal and nonverbal behaviour - is made up of two interactive components:

  • Semantic representations (conceptual knowledge)
  • Semantic control

Research on semantic representations has a long history based in a variety of disciplines, while notions of semantic control are newer and have arisen primarily in the context of functional neuroimaging. To gain a unified theory of semantic cognition and its breakdown, therefore, it will be necessary to understand each part - representation and control - and also how they interact with each other.

The nature of the group reflects the core aims of our research approach:

  • It is multidisciplinary (including neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, neuroimaging, TMS, computer science, linguistics and speech therapy)
  • It produces high-quality basic and clinically-applied neuroscience research with the explicit aim of encouraging an active interaction between scientists and clinicians
  • It develops new methods and approaches
  • It is a rich environment for the many PhD students and postdocs to learn and succeed


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