Friedemann Pulvermüller is professor for neuroscience of language and pragmatics at the Freie Universität Berlin. He got degrees in biology, linguistics, psychology, medicine, and neuroscience, and strives applying this multidisciplinary knowledge for better understanding the brain mechanisms of language. His theoretical efforts led to a novel brain language model rooted in Hebb’s concept of cell assemblies and his practical translational work to an efficient method for adult aphasia rehabilitation at the chronic stage (called Intensive Language Action Therapy). In addition, he is one of the world's leading cognitive neuroscientists studying grounded or embodied cognition.
His keynote will be on “Cognitive and brain mechanism for concepts and meaning: a review of the grounding / embodiment debate”.