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Forgács Bálint

Cognitive scientist, baby researcher

Introduction:

Bálint Forgács has dealt with cognitive science for over 10 years, pondering the ways our brain works. The functions of language, more precisely, metaphors play a significant role in his research. In his experiments, he asks participants to read novel, two-word metaphors (e.g. "fractured elegance"), while he monitors their brain activity using brain imaging techniques such as fMRI or EEG. Among other things, he is seeking answers to how to interpret what the other person is trying to express with words, and what cognitive mechanisms make this possible.

Recently, his research got extended by new topics, while his experimental subjects got a lot younger: Bálint currently studies the brainwaves of babies in order to shed light upon the early social aspects of language and communication.

According to the latest studies and novel theories, it is still not clear how exactly adults use language to communicate, but it is even further in the unknown how babies learn to use language, that is, how they communication information to change the thoughts of an interlocutor. By studying the linguistic communication of adults and infants, he hopes to gain a better understanding of the development of experimental pragmatics from the perspective of neuroscience.

Bálint Forgács studied at the Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) and Technical University (BME)in Hungary, he was a visiting researcher in Berlin and San Diego, and a post-doc in Paris and the CEU. He wrote his PhD thesis about the role of the brain’s right hemisphere in metaphor comprehension. He designs and runs experiments; the results of his analyses have been published by prestigious journals at home and abroad. Currently he works at the Babylab of ELTE.

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