Angela D. Friederici

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Angela D. Friederici
Angela Friederici (German Neuropsychologist).jpg
Born 1952
Cologne , Germany
Residence Leipzig, Germany
Nationality German
Fields Neuropsychology, Linguistics
Institutions Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences (professor, director)
Known for First to report the early left anterior negativity (ELAN), a response to phrase structure violations in language, neurocognitive model of auditory language processing
Notable awards Alfried Krupp Prize for Young Scientists of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation, University of Mainz endowed professor (Johannes Gutenberg-Stiftungsprofessur) 2010

Angela Friederici (born in Cologne, Germany in 1952) is a director at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, and is an internationally recognized expert in neuropsychology and linguistics.[1] She is the author of over 360 academic articles and book chapters, and has edited 15 books[2] on linguistics, neuroscience, language and psychology.

Academic Career and Achievements[edit]

From 1970 to 1976 Angela Friederici studied linguistics at the University of Bonn (Germany) and the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), graduating with Ph.D. in linguistics in 1976. In 1975 she also began studying psychology at the University of Bonn and graduated with a degree in psychology (German: Dipl.-Psych.) in 1980. In 1986 she completed her professorial degree (Habilitation) at the University of Giessen.[3] After a post-doctoral scholarship at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and work as a research fellow in the Netherlands and France, Angela Friederici was awarded a professorship in cognitive psychology by the Free University of Berlin in 1989. In 1994 she became a Founding Director and Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience in Leipzig,[4] which became the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in 2004.

Angela Friederici also holds honorary professorships (Honorarprofessor) from the University of Leipzig (since 1995) for cognitive psychology, the University of Potsdam in the Faculty of Philosophy (since 1997) and the Charité, Humboldt-University Berlin (since 2004).

Professor Friederici’s research centres on how the human brain processes language, examining both first and second language acquisition and use. She was the first to report the early left anterior negativity (ELAN), an EEG response to syntactic violations in sentences.[5][6]

Awards and honors[edit]

• Alfried Krupp Prize for Young Scientists of the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Foundation 1990 • Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize of the German Research Foundation 1997 • University of Mainz endowed professor (Johannes Gutenberg-Stiftungsprofessur) 2010[7]

She is a member of the Editorial or Scientific Advisory Boards of: Brain and Cognition (Action Editor), Brain and Language, Cognitive Neuroscience (Action Editor), Cognitive Science Quarterly, Gehirn & Geist, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Journal of Memory and Language, Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, Neurolinguistik, Physiological Reviews, Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics, The Mental Lexicon, Trends in Cognitive Sciences

Selected works[edit]

  • Steinhauer, K., Alter, K. & Friederici, A.D. (1999). "Brain potentials indicate immediate use of prosodic cues in natural speech processing". Nature Neuroscience. 2: 191–196. 
  • Maess, B.; Koelsch, S.; Gunter, T.C. & Friederici A.D. (2001). "Musical syntax is processed in Broca's area: An MEG study". Nature Neuroscience. 4: 540–545. 
  • Friederici, A.D. (2002). "Towards a neural basis of auditory sentence processing". Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 6: 78–84. doi:10.1016/s1364-6613(00)01839-8. 
  • Friederici, A.D., Steinhauer, K. & Pfeifer, E. (2002). "Brain signatures of artificial language processing: Evidence challenging the critical period hypothesis". PNAS. 99: 529–534. doi:10.1073/pnas.012611199. 
  • Opitz, B. & Friederici, A.D. (2004). "Brain correlates of language learning: The neuronal dissociation of rule-based versus similarity-based learning". The Journal of Neuroscience. 24: 8436–8440. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.2220-04.2004. 
  • Friederici, A.D., Bahlmann, J., Heim, S., Schubotz, R.I. & Anwander, A. (2006). "The brain differentiates human and non-human grammars: Functional localization and structural connectivity". PNAS. 103: 2458–2463. doi:10.1073/pnas.0509389103. 
  • Friederici, A.D., Fiebach, C.J., Schlesewsky, M., Bornkessel, I. & von Cramon, D.Y. (2006). "Processing linguistic complexity and grammaticality in the left frontal cortex". Cerebral Cortex. 16: 1709–1717. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhj106. 
  • Friederici, A.D., von Cramon, D.Y. & Kotz, S.A. (2007). "Role of the corpus callosum in speech comprehension: Interfacing syntax and prosody". Neuron. 53: 135–145. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2006.11.020. 
  • Makuuchi, M., Bahlmann, J., Anwander, A. & Friederici, A.D. (2009). "Segregating the core computational faculty of human language from working memory". PNAS. 106: 8362–8367. doi:10.1073/pnas.0810928106. 
  • Friederici, A.D., Kotz, S.A., Scott, S.K. & Obleser, J. (2010). "Disentangling syntax and intelligibility in auditory language comprehension". Human Brain Mapping. 31: 448–457. doi:10.1002/hbm.20878. PMID 19718654. 


  1. ^ Cambridge University Press Website
  2. ^ Max Planck Society
  3. ^ Max Planck Institute staff page
  4. ^ Max Planck Society
  5. ^ Friederici A.D., Pfeifer E., Hahne A. (1993). "Event related potentials during natural speech processing". Cognitive brain research. 1: 183–192. doi:10.1016/0926-6410(93)90026-2. 
  6. ^ Freiderici A.D. (2004). "Event-related brain potential studies in language". Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports. 4 (6): 466–70. 
  7. ^ "Angela Friederici ist Inhaberin der 11. Johannes Gutenberg-Stiftungsprofessur" Angela Friederici is the winner of the 11th Johannes-Gutenberg endowed professorship. (in German)

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