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Neuroanatomy of Language

Sprechen als komplexe Gehirnleistung

Language is a complex cognitive ability characterising human beings in a unique way. The working group “Neuroanatomy of Language” conducts systematic analyses of the relationship of brain structure and function. For this purpose, methods from theoretical linguistics, empirical psycholinguistics, clinical neurolinguistics, genetics, neuroimaging (MRI, fMRI, MEG), and neurostimulation (TMS, tDCS). Together, these approaches provide a multidimensional, formal and precise framework for analysis. This framework serves as a tool for the functional characterisation of the network architecture of the JuBrain atlas based on cyto- and receptorarchitectonic probabilistic maps. This characterisation, in turn, is the basis for models of the development of normative physiological phases in childhood, adolescence and adulthood. Based on such models, the effects of acute or progressive damage of circumscribed regions on the brain as a complex system can be predicted and understood.

This research is conducted in close cooperation with the 1000BRAINS study (working group „Connectivity“; Prof. Dr. Dr. Svenja Caspers), with the Neurolinguistics Lab at the Hebrew University Jerusalem (Prof. Yosef Grodzinsky) as well as, within JARA-BRAIN, together with the Departments of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, of Neurology, and of Neurosurgery, University Hospital Uniklinik RWTH Aachen. Projects involve successful students of the RWTH study programme “Speech Language Therapy” who work on their Master’s and Ph.D. theses, doing basic research and translating their insights into clinical application.

Additional Information


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Stefan Heim
Institut für Neurowissenschaften und Medizin (INM-1)
Forschungszentrum Jülich
52425 Jülich

Bldg. 15.2v
Room 418
Tel.: +49 (0)2461 61 5376
Fax: +49 (0)2461 61 3483


Uniklinik RWTH Aachen
Klinik für Psychiatrie, Psychotherapie und Psychosomatik
Pauwelsstraße 30
52074 Aachen
Tel: +49-241-8035889


Stefanie Hennen

Building: 15.9, Room: 3021

+49 2461 61-2481
 +49-2461 61-3483

Janine Hucko

Building: 15.9, Room: 3020

+49 2461 61-6443
+49 2461 61-3483

Anna Stössel

Building: 15.9, Room: 3020

+49 2461 61-9167
+49 2461 61-3483