How can we possibly understand one another given that our communicative signals are often ambiguous? The word "bank", for instance, would be interpreted one way while holding a credit card but a different way holding a fishing pole. Without context, a "V" with two fingers could mean victory, the number two, or "these are the fingers I broke". 
    My main research focuses on how the brain creates mutual understanding during social interaction, taking into account the key role of the shared context people build up over even a short time, and considering alterations of that conceptual ability in psychiatric and neurological disease. 
    I am a postdoctoral fellow with profs. Bob Knight and Ivan Toni at the University of California, Berkeley and the Donders Institute, respectively. I am also a member of the core team responsible for developing the FieldTrip open source software package for electrophysiological data analysis.

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  • The first ECoG/sEEG FieldTrip bootcamp We’re hosting the first ECoG/sEEG FieldTrip bootcamp at the UC Davis Medical Center (Sacramento, California) on March 20-22. The workshop will consist of lectures and hands-on ...
    Posted Mar 14, 2019, 8:17 PM by Arjen Stolk
  • A novel cause for communication deficits in autism This work supports our working hypothesis that human communication is not simply an exchange of information using already known words and gestures, but a deeply interpersonal and innovative process that ...
    Posted Jan 31, 2019, 9:19 AM by Arjen Stolk
  • Frontiers for Young Minds Translation of a recent research finding published in a journal aimed at educating and enthusing kids for science. Made for and in collaboration with actual young minds, either in the ...
    Posted May 8, 2017, 10:16 AM by Arjen Stolk
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