Elisabeth Beyersmann

ebeyersm Postdoctoral researcher, email: lisi.beyersmann(at)gmail.com
 The neurocognitive architecture of individual word comprehension
Despite a century of research into word recognition, basic questions remain unresolved about the functional architecture of the process that maps auditory inputs from structural analysis onto lexical form and meaning and about the units of analysis in terms of which these processes are conducted. The goal of the proposed project is to address this question using a novel interdisciplinary approach, examining how auditory input is segmented into linguistic substrings (so-called ‘morphemes’) that trigger lexical access. We propose to combine the logic of behavioral lexical decision with the neurophysiological phenomena of electroencephalography (EEG) to provide some initial insights into spatio-temporal underpinnings of single word recognition within the human brain.