VIBRATIONS TO ABSTRACTIONS

MAI AND IMAGINE SCIENCE FILMS VISIT
THE DAVID POEPPEL LAB AT NEW YORK UNIVERSITY

Part Two: VIBRATIONS TO ABSTRACTIONS

Film by Colin Stringer and Noah Blumenson-Cook
Introduction by Karina Vahitova
Cover photograph by Sarah Banker

How do we understand language? At the David Poeppel Lab at New York University, neuroscientists use a magnetoencephalography (MEG) machine to explore correlations between the “parts list” of language and the “parts list” of the brain. Unlike an MRI or an X-ray, the MEG produces a direct recording of real-time brain activity and function.

In Part Two of MAI's collaboration with Imagine Science Films, David Poeppel explores how we study the translation of the mechanical vibrations of the spoken word into the abstractions of language in the brain. Click the image above to watch, then view Part One here.



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David Poeppel is Professor of Psychology and Neural Science, at New York University, a researcher who employs behavioral and cognitive neuroscience approaches to study the brain basis of auditory processing, speech perception, and language comprehension. In June 2014, Poeppel accepted a call as a director to the newly established "Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics" in Frankfurt/Main, Germany.