Tilburg center for Cognition and Communication (TiCC)

We study how people communicate with each other and how computer systems can be taught to communicate with us.


TiCC Colloquium: Roel Willems

What: The narrative mind: Neurocognitive insights into literary reading
Where: PZ 45
When: Wednesday, 5 April 2017, 12:45 - 13:45 hours


Despite that narratives play an important role in our lives, the bulk of what we know about cognitive neuroscience does not concern narrative. Here I will present the outcome of several studies in which we measured on-line processing of literary narratives. Using a variety of techniques (e.g. fMRI, eyetracking) we investigated the influence of mental simulation during narrative comprehension, and participants' sensitivity to style figures during reading. In general terms I will argue that the empirical study of narrative opens up possibilities for investigating seemingly distant topics such as mental simulation or prediction, in a much more ecologically valid manner than is usually done. Finally, I will show how neuroimaging data collected while participants engage with narratives have several advantages above more traditional kinds of neuroimaging experiments.

About Roel Willems

Radboud University Nijmegen & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen


When: 05 April 2017 12:45

End date: 05 April 2017 13:45