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Peter Hagoort

WP 3 Conceptuality and contextuality

Peter Hagoort is professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Radboud University Nijmegen, director of the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics and director of the Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging of the Donders Institute.

His research focuses on the neurobiological foundations of the human language faculty. He investigates how the brain regulates language production and language comprehension. As one of the first Hagoort combined psychological theory with neuroscientific models. He also pioneered research on the interaction between speech and gestures and the role of attention in information structure aspects of language. His ideas have influenced the field substantially.

Peter Hagoort places much emphasis on the communication of research to a wider audience, He is involved in the public debate  on the functioning of the brain and has set up several websites on the topic of language. As an example, please visit

He is director of the Language in Interaction consortium. As a participating PI, his contribution to WP3 of Language in Interaction is based on his detailed understanding of the relation between cognitive architecture of language skills and the neurobiological infrastructure of the human brain.

For more information on Peter Hagoort, please visit his personal website