Departments

Language and Literature

The Department of Language and Literature investigates the aesthetically relevant features and the aesthetic perception as well as the evaluation of linguistic utterances and texts, with a specific focus on literature.
 

Director: Prof. Dr. Winfried Menninghaus

Music

Using a variety of methods, the music department researches the processing, experiencing and evaluation of music, as well as behaviour during its reception.

 

 

Director: Prof. Dr. Melanie Wald-Fuhrmann

Neuroscience

The Neuroscience Department, works on the neurobiology of hearing, language processing, and music, including the dimensions of aesthetic experience.

 

Director: Prof. David Poeppel, PhD

 

 

Research Groups

Histories of Music, Mind, and Body

The "Histories of Music, Mind, and Body" Research Group seeks to historicize specific philosophical, embodied, and medical understandings of the experience of music.

 


Dr. Carmel Raz

Computational Auditory Perception

Focusing largely on the auditory modality, the "Computational Auditory Perception" Research Group explores the roles of experience and exposure in creating and affecting our perception of the world.

 

Dr. Nori Jacoby

Neural and Environmental Rhythms

The Research Group "Neural and Environmental Rhythms" focuses on understanding how brain–environment synchrony contributes to our individual experience of the auditory world.

 


Molly Henry, PhD

 

 

Externally Funded Research

Apparent Motion (Department of Language and Literature)

This study focuses on why the stimuli are perceived differently by the same participants, and how this ambiguity arises.

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The prosodic syntax of German (Department of Language and Literature)

Prosody undisputedly affects the choice of syntactic constructions and the order of constituents within a sentence. However, for German, neither theories of grammar nor models of language production consider prosodic influences on sentence structure.

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Focused Information (Music Department)

Information can be better perceived, processed, and maintained when it is prioritized. This focusing can unfold visually, through gaze, shifts of attention, or through memory. But how are these different forms of focus connected?

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Reading time regularity (Department of Language and Literature)

The current project is concerned with predicting text comprehension from statistical measures of the reading process.

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INHABIT // Artist-in-Residence

The INHABIT program fosters the exchange between artists and scientists and enables new and challenging perspectives towards the research at the institute. The new Artist-in-Residence program calls on artists interested in cooperating with scientists from the humanities and natural sciences who are active in aesthetics research.