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Irina Simanova

WP4 Language in action

Irina is a postdoctoral researcher at the Donders Centre for Cognition. She did her PhD at the Neurobiology of Language Group of the Donders Institute, where she studied neurobiological mechanisms of semantic retrieval in language production and perception and explored the possibility for decoding semantic information from the brain signal. In her work, she uses various neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, MEG, EEG), in combination with multivariate methods of analysis of neuroimaging data.

Irina is interested in the functional relationship between language and other cognitive systems, in particular, sensory perception, in the brain. Language is intervened with sensory perception in many ways. Fast integration of linguistic input and multi–modal sensory information is crucial for social communication. On the other hand, learned linguistic categories could fundamentally shape sensory perception. Irina’s current research within the Gravitation consortium addresses these different sides of the interaction between multi-modal perception and language. Further, as the coordinating Postdoc of the WorkPackage 4, she aims to stimulate scientific communication and collaboration between the PI within and across workpackages. 

Irina’s page at the Donders Institute website.