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Invited talk
Workshop: Meaning in Context: Pragmatic Communication in Humans and Machines

The Neurobiology of Pragmatics

Peter Hagoort


In this presentation I will discuss recent insights into both the time course of pragmatic processing and the key neural infrastructure for inferring speaker meaning from coded meaning. I will show why mirror neurons are not able to handle pragmatic information. In addition, I will present evidence for the role of the Theory of Mind (ToM) network in processing of pragmatic information.