Short CV/Education and training

  • 1970 – 1976
    Studied German philology, Romance studies and linguistics at the Universities of Bonn, Germany, and Lausanne, Switzerland

  • 1974 – 1978
    Rhenish state clinic for language disorders

  • 1975 – 1980
    Studied psychology as a major subject at the University of Bonn, Germany

  • 1976
    PhD in German philology from the University of Bonn

  • 1978 – 1979
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA), Department of Psychology

  • 1980
    University of Bonn: Diplom degree in psychology

  • 1984 – 1985
    Laboratoire de Psychologie Experimentale, Université René Descartes, Paris, France

  • 1986
    Giessen University: Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) in the field of psychology, venia legendi (authorisation to teach)

  • 1988
    Centre for Cognitive Science, University of California San Diego, USA

  • 1989 – 1994
    Department of Psychology, Freie Universität (FU) Berlin, Germany

  • Since 1994
    Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences

  • Since 1995
    University of Leipzig, Germany

  • 1996 – 2007
    Centre for Cognitive Science within the Centre for Advanced Studies

  • Since 1997
    University of Potsdam, Germany

  • Since 2004
    Charité University Medical Centre Berlin

Selected publications

  • Steinhauer, K., Alter, K., Friederici, A.D.: Brain potentials indicate immediate use of prosodic cues in natural speech processing. In: Nature Neuroscience 2, 1999. pp. 191-196.

  • Maess, B. et al.: Musical syntax is processed in Broca's area: An MEG study. In: Nature Neuroscience 4, 2001. pp. 540-545.

  • Friederici, A.D.: Towards a neural basis of auditory sentence processing. In: Trends in Cognitive Sciences 6, 2002. pp. 78-84.

  • Friederici, A.D., Steinhauer, K., Pfeifer, E.: Brain signatures of artificial language processing: Evidence challenging the critical period hypothesis. In: PNAS 99, 2002. pp. 529-534.

  • Opitz, B., Friederici, A.D.: Brain correlates of language learning: The neuronal dissociation of rule-based versus similarity-based learning. In: The Journal of Neuroscience 24, 2004. pp. 8436-8440.

  • Friederici, A.D. et al.: The brain differentiates human and non-human grammars: Functional localization and structural connectivity. In: PNAS 103, 2006. pp. 2458-2463.

  • Friederici, A.D. et al.: Processing linguistic complexity and grammaticality in the left frontal cortex. In: Cerebral Cortex 16, 2006. pp. 1709-1717.

  • Friederici, A.D., von Cramon, D.Y., Kotz, S.A.: Role of the Corpus callosum in speech comprehension: Interfacing syntax and prosody. In: Neuron 53, 2007. pp. 135-145.

  • Makuuchi, M. et al.: Segregating the core computational faculty of human language from working memory. In: PNAS 106, 2009. pp. 8362-8367.

  • Friederici, A.D. et al.: Disentangling syntax and intelligibility in auditory language comprehension. In: Human Brain Mapping 31, 2010. pp. 448-457.

Complete list of publications

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Representative of the Humanities and Social Sciences section in the scientific commission to examine directorial functions of academic staff members, since 2010

  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF): deputy chairperson of the board for non-university research facilities in health science, since 2009

  • Member of the senate, Max Planck Society, 2006 – 2009

  • Chairperson of the scientific council, Max Planck Society, 2006 – 2009

  • Vice president of the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW), 2005 – 2007

  • Member of the health science council of the BMBF, 2003 – 2010


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