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You rock! Understanding words with many meanings

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I am interested in how we are able to successfully understand each other during conversation, in particular when so many of the words we use have multiple meanings. How do listeners determine which meaning of an ambiguous word like rock is intended by a speaker? I will talk about research in which I have used recordings of brain activity (mainly magneto- and electro-encephalography) and behavioural measures to explore the neuro-cognitive mechanisms that support successful speech comprehension in the face of such semantic ambiguity.

This talk is part of the Darwin College Sciences Group series.

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