Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (MSCA-IF): MapInCSC: Mapping the Interaction between Semantic Representation and Control Systems: The Controlled Semantic Cognition. (Sponsor: Prof. Matt Lambon Ralph)
People, places and things have "meaning" that we use to know who/what they are and what we can do with them. This "semantic-knowledge" is essential for making sense of what we see, enabling us to interact appropriately with the world. This important ability appears to depend on two separate brain systems, one representing what we know, and the other controlling our ability to use that information. However, we do not yet know how the two systems interact. This is crucial in situations where it is difficult to recover, for example, ambiguous, impoverished, unexpected meanings, demanding different semantic control. I will study healthy-participants and patients in whom one or other system is damage. Comparing them by using neuroimaging, cutting-edge-analyses and neurostimulation will tell us about each semantic subsystems and its relationships, understanding how the brain manipulates information that gives rise semantic behaviour, advancing knowledge about a critical part of the human experience.