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How the brain creates Mutual Understanding during Social InteraCtion

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Project "MUSIC" data sheet

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postcode: 6525 EZ

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 Coordinator Country Netherlands [NL]
 Total cost 260˙929 €
 EC max contribution 260˙929 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2014
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-12-31   to  2020-07-30


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 Project objective

How can we understand one another? Our everyday conversations appear to revolve around our linguistic abilities. But creating mutual understanding involves more than formulating grammatically correct sentences. Recently, cognitive science has shown that mutual understanding relies on shared knowledge and beliefs, conceptual knowledge that is continuously adjusted as we interact. Yet, social neuroscience has mainly focused on how individuals respond to social stimuli without a social context. Consequently, the neural mechanism that underlies our ability to create mutual understanding with another person remains largely elusive. The proposed project addresses this interdisciplinary gap, testing the hypothesis that creating mutual understanding requires a neural mechanism that supports a continuous adjustment of conceptual knowledge. That hypothesis will be tested by sampling and interfering with neuronal activity in humans during live social interaction, at the University of California. First, I will investigate the neuronal implementation of mutual understanding through intracranial recordings from the human brain. The exquisite spatiotemporal precision of these recordings offers the unprecedented possibility to characterize how conceptual knowledge is mechanistically adjusted during social interaction. Second, I will investigate frontotemporal dementia, a neurological disorder known to disrupt access to conceptual knowledge. This unfortunate experiment of nature offers the unique opportunity to understand how progressive alteration in brain tissue and connectivity affects the ability to create mutual understanding. These studies will offer a neural- and system-level mechanism of human mutual understanding, which I will translate into testable accounts of communicative alterations in a range of neurological and psychiatric disorders, during the return phase at the Donders Institute and King’s College London.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Harshali Wadge, Rebecca Brewer, Geoffrey Bird, Ivan Toni, Arjen Stolk
Communicative misalignment in Autism Spectrum Disorder
published pages: 15-26, ISSN: 0010-9452, DOI: 10.1016/j.cortex.2019.01.003
Cortex 115 2020-04-03
2019 Thalia Wheatley, Adam Boncz, Ivan Toni, Arjen Stolk
Beyond the Isolated Brain: The Promise and Challenge of Interacting Minds
published pages: 186-188, ISSN: 0896-6273, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuron.2019.05.009
Neuron 103/2 2020-04-03
2018 Arjen Stolk, Sandon Griffin, Roemer van der Meij, Callum Dewar, Ignacio Saez, Jack J. Lin, Giovanni Piantoni, Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen, Robert T. Knight, Robert Oostenveld
Integrated analysis of anatomical and electrophysiological human intracranial data
published pages: 1699-1723, ISSN: 1754-2189, DOI: 10.1038/s41596-018-0009-6
Nature Protocols 13/7 2020-04-03
2017 Arjen Stolk
Human Communication and the Brain
published pages: , ISSN: 2296-6846, DOI: 10.3389/frym.2017.00012
Frontiers for Young Minds 5 2020-02-24
2018 Ignacio Saez, Jack Lin, Arjen Stolk, Edward Chang, Josef Parvizi, Gerwin Schalk, Robert T. Knight, Ming Hsu
Encoding of Multiple Reward-Related Computations in Transient and Sustained High-Frequency Activity in Human OFC
published pages: 2889-2899.e3, ISSN: 0960-9822, DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2018.07.045
Current Biology 28/18 2020-02-24
2018 Vincent Hoofs, Myrthe M. Princen, Ervin Poljac, Arjen Stolk, Edita Poljac
Task switching in autism: An EEG study on intentions and actions
published pages: 398-407, ISSN: 0028-3932, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.07.008
Neuropsychologia 117 2020-02-24
2018 Arjen Stolk, Sandon Griffin, Roemer van der Meij, Callum Dewar, Ignacio Saez, Jack J. Lin, Giovanni Piantoni, Jan-Mathijs Schoffelen, Robert T. Knight, Robert Oostenveld
Integrated analysis of anatomical and electrophysiological human intracranial data
published pages: 1699-1723, ISSN: 1754-2189, DOI: 10.1038/s41596-018-0009-6
Nature Protocols 13/7 2020-02-24

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