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 prof. Bob Knight and prof. Ivan Toni of 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.


  • 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
  • Understanding each other: textbook + game An English translation of the textbook chapter entitled Understanding each other has been published (Dutch version). The chapter is the product of a collaboration between scientists, teachers and elementary school ...
    Posted Mar 4, 2017, 4:27 PM by Arjen Stolk
  • Will computers ever truly understand what we’re saying? See this great write for an answer. Or this Dutch article.
    Posted Jan 11, 2016, 7:27 PM by Arjen Stolk
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