Leeropdracht
Communicatie, Cognitie en Emotie
Oratiedatum 30-09-2011
Profiel

I am a cognitive neuroscientist interested in communication. My research focusses on how language processing unfolds in real time, and how the representations that are constructed as part of that process relate to the wider context of the linguistic exchange. The latter includes such cognitive things as what has been said before, who is saying it, and what all of that suggests about where an unfolding utterance might go next. More recently, though, I have shifted my attention to the affective context in which language processing unfolds: what comprehenders care about – their concerns, needs, values – and the emotions and preferences that express or ‘embody’ those concerns. With various collaborators, I have empirically explored the interfaces between language, emotion and sociality in several different ways (much of this stuff is still somewhere in the pipeline), using physiological as well as behavioral measures. My overarching research aim, however, is to develop a richer theory of language comprehension, one that does not just heed the – already well-charted – cognitive side of things, but that also explains how people can be moved by words and the various other communicative signs that these words interleave with (e.g., emoji, tone of voice). A first attempt at such a theory can be found here and here.

In my teaching, one of my aims is to help students in (psycho)linguistics and communication science realize that, because humans are social animals with lots of concerns (e.g., safety, autonomy, affiliation, respect), language processing is inevitably much more than just a dispassionate code-cracking and inference-generating activity; as part of that, I introduce students to modern thinking on emotion and sociality. Another central aim of my teaching is to help Humanities students in Ba-programs such as philosophy, art, media science, language, and communication understand what the field of cognitive neuroscience is about (principles of brain functioning, research methods, publication genres, strengths and weaknesses of the field etc.), so that they are in a much better position to evaluate, comment on, and engage with brain research that is relevant to their field. Both of these aims are illustrated by the interdisciplinary minor Brains & Bodies: Cognition and emotion in the Humanities that I have set up in collaboration with colleagues from the Utrecht University department of Media and Culture Studies.

My science angle: The issues I explore in my research and teaching are relatively fundamental, in that they revolve around basic communication-relevant mechanisms in brain and mind, and are largely guided by – or, in teaching, aimed at generating – scientific curiosity. Virtually all my research occurs in the laboratory, where participants typically read or listen to carefully designed linguistic material, while their processing of that material is tracked with measures that tap into their neural state (EEG, fMRI, MEG), reveal aspects of their conscious or unconscious emotional responses (facial EMG, skin conductance), and/or assess some of the behavioral and subjective implications of what is read or listened to (response times, eye fixations, self-reports). I am convinced that, as in other empirical sciences, understanding the basic mechanisms involved will over time also lead to a better understanding of everyday phenomena, and to more successful interventions in society. When and where this will happen is of course unknown – fundamental science is an uncertain investment with slow returns.

My science history: Before taking up my current position at the Utrecht University department of Languages, Literature and Communication (and the UiL OTS), I worked at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics' Neurobiology of Language department in Nijmegen and at the University of Amsterdam's Psychology department. My original training was in experimental cognitive and physiological psychology, at Groningen University. People that have shaped my thinking in these various contexts include John Michon, Bert Mulder and Janet Jackson in Groningen, Steve Levinson, Peter Hagoort, Colin Brown and Herb Clark in Nijmegen, and José Kerstholt everywhere. Presumably partly due to inevitable system noise, I've also been relatively lucky in the Dutch Science Foundation grant awarding system, which supported my research though Vidi and Vici grants as well as a Gravity program. 

In the media: In spite of the relatively fundamental nature of my research, the media sometimes take an interest. A brief (Dutch) clip about our research on how frowning muscle activity can be used to track emotions as people read morally loaded stories, and on why we do this type of research, can be found here. Our work on the processing of swearwords has also been covered, e.g. here. So, if you are a journalist looking for a fundamental science angle on some phenomenon at the interface of language and emotion, you can always email me (j.vanberkum@uu.nl) to see if I have something sensible to say.

 

(For native speakers of Dutch: een korte Nederlandstalige impressie van mijn onderzoek vind je in mijn oratie)

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Hieronder een lijst van publicaties, vaak met full-text. Waar opportuun staat er ook wel eens een lezing tussen. Als je een specifieke publicatie of lezing niet kunt vinden, neem dan contact met me op.

Sleutelpublicaties

van Berkum, J.J.A. (2017). Language comprehension, emotion, and sociality: Aren’t we missing something?. In S. Rueschemeyer & G. Gaskell (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics Oxford University Press, Oxford.

van Berkum, J.J.A. (2017). Language comprehension and emotion: where are the interfaces, and who cares?. In G. de Zubicaray & N. Schiller (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Neurolinguistics Oxford University Press, Oxford.

Bašnáková, J., van Berkum, J.J.A., Weber, K. & Hagoort, P. (2015). A job interview in the MRI scanner: How does indirectness affect addressees and overhearers?. Neuropsychologia, 76, (pp. 79-91).

van Berkum, J.J.A. (2013). Anticipating communication. Theoretical Linguistics, 39 (1-2), (pp. 75-86) (12 p.).

van Berkum, J.J.A. (2012). The electrophysiology of discourse and conversation. In M.J. Spivey, K. McRae & M.F. Joanisse (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of psycholinguistics. (pp. 589-614) (26 p.). New York: Cambridge University Press.

van Berkum, J.J.A. (2010). The brain is a prediction machine that cares about good and bad - Any implications for neuropragmatics?. Italian Journal of Linguistics, 22, (pp. 181-208) (28 p.).

van Berkum, J.J.A., Holleman, B.C., Nieuwland, M., Otten, M. & Murre, J.J.M. (2009). Right or wrong? The brain's fast response to morally objectionable statements. Psychological Science, 20, (pp. 1092-1099) (8 p.).

van Berkum, J.J.A. (2008). Understanding sentences in context: What brain waves can tell us. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17 (6), (pp. 376-380) (5 p.).

Alle publicaties
  2017
van Berkum, J.J.A. (2017). A cognitive neuroscience perspective on language comprehension in context. In P. Hagoort (Eds.), Human language: From genes and brains to behavior MIT Press.
De Mulder, H.N.M., Hakemulder, F., van den Berghe, Rianne, Klaassen, F. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2017). Effects of exposure to literary narrative fiction - From book smart to street smart?. Scientific Study of Literature, 7 (1), (pp. 129-169).
van Berkum, J.J.A. (2017). Language comprehension and emotion: where are the interfaces, and who cares?. In G. de Zubicaray & N. Schiller (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Neurolinguistics Oxford University Press, Oxford.
van Berkum, J.J.A. (2017). Language comprehension, emotion, and sociality: Aren’t we missing something?. In S. Rueschemeyer & G. Gaskell (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  2015
Bašnáková, J., van Berkum, J.J.A., Weber, K. & Hagoort, P. (2015). A job interview in the MRI scanner: How does indirectness affect addressees and overhearers?. Neuropsychologia, 76, (pp. 79-91).
  2014
Bašnáková, J., Weber, K., Petersson, K.M., van Berkum, J.J.A. & Hagoort, P. (2014). Beyond the language given: The neural correlates of inferring speaker meaning. Cerebral Cortex, 24 (10), (pp. 2572-2578) (7 p.).
Widt, C.P. de, Koole, A.J. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2014). Emotionele 112-gesprekken: emoties, reacties en effecten. Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing, 36 (3), (pp. 267-291) (25 p.).
  2013
van Berkum, J.J.A. (2013). Anticipating communication. Theoretical Linguistics, 39 (1-2), (pp. 75-86) (12 p.).
van Berkum, J.J.A., de Goede, D., van Alphen, P.M., Mulder, E.R. & Kerstholt, J.H. (2013). How robust is the language architecture? The case of mood. Frontiers in Psychology, 4, (pp. 1-19) (19 p.).
  2012
van Berkum, J.J.A. (2012). Doet taal pijn?. In M. Jansen & M. Boogaard (Eds.), De Taalcanon: Wat iedereen over taal zou moeten weten. Amsterdam: Meulenhoff.
van den Brink, D., van Berkum, J.J.A., Bastiaansen, M.C.M., Tesink, C.M.J.Y., Kos, M., Buitelaar, J.K. & Hagoort, P. (2012). Empathy matters: ERP evidence for inter-individual differences in social language processing. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7 (2), (pp. 173-182) (10 p.).
van Alphen, P.M. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2012). Semantic involvement of initial and final lexical embeddings during sense-making: the advantage of starting late. Frontiers in Psychology, 3, (pp. 1-11) (11 p.).
van Berkum, J.J.A. (2012). The electrophysiology of discourse and conversation. In M.J. Spivey, K. McRae & M.F. Joanisse (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of psycholinguistics. (pp. 589-614) (26 p.). New York: Cambridge University Press.
van Berkum, J.J.A. (2012). Zonder gevoel geen taal. Neerlandistiek, 2012 (01), (pp. 1-18) (18 p.). Gevolgd door twee commentaarstukken van vakgenoten (Ad Foolen en Frank Brandsma).
  2011
van Berkum, J.J.A. (30-09-2011). Zonder gevoel geen taal. (33 p.). Utrecht: Faculteit Geesteswetenschappen, Universiteit Utrecht, Oratie uitgesproken bij het aanvaarden van de leeropdracht Discourse, cognitie en communicatie.
  2010
Ringersma, J., Kastens, K., Tschida, U. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2010). A principled approach to online publication listings and scientific resource sharing. Code4Lib, 9. Code4Lib is a peer-reviewed on-line journal for developments in library and information sciences.
van Alphen, P.M. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2010). Is there pain in champagne? Semantic involvement of words within words during sense-making. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22, (pp. 2618-2626) (9 p.).
Groen, W.B., Tesink, C.M.J.Y., Petersson, K.M., van Berkum, J.J.A., van der Gaag, R.J., Hagoort, P. & Buitelaar, J.K. (2010). Semantic, factual, and social language comprehension in adolescents with autism: An fMRI study. Cerebral Cortex, 20 (8), (pp. 1937-1945) (9 p.).
van Berkum, J.J.A. (2010). The brain is a prediction machine that cares about good and bad - Any implications for neuropragmatics?. Italian Journal of Linguistics, 22, (pp. 181-208) (28 p.).
  2009
Otten, M. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2009). Does working memory capacity affect the ability to predict upcoming words in discourse?. Brain Research, 1291, (pp. 92-101) (10 p.).
Snijders, T.M., Vosse, T., Kempen, G., van Berkum, J.J.A., Petersson, K.M. & Hagoort, P. (2009). Retrieval and unification of syntactic structure in sentence comprehension: An fMRI study using word-category ambiguity. Cerebral Cortex, 19, (pp. 1493-1503) (11 p.).
van Berkum, J.J.A., Holleman, B.C., Nieuwland, M., Otten, M. & Murre, J.J.M. (2009). Right or wrong? The brain's fast response to morally objectionable statements. Psychological Science, 20, (pp. 1092-1099) (8 p.).
van Berkum, J.J.A. (2009). The neuropragmatics of 'simple' utterance comprehension: An ERP review. In K. Yatsushiro & U. Sauerland (Eds.), Semantics and pragmatics: From experiment to theory. (pp. 276-316) (41 p.). Basingstroke: Palgrave Macmillan.
Tesink, C.M.J.Y., Petersson, K.M., van Berkum, J.J.A., van den Brink, D., Buitelaar, J.K. & Hagoort, P. (2009). Unification of speaker and meaning in language comprehension: An fMRI study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, (pp. 2085-2099) (15 p.).
  2008
Otten, M. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2008). Discourse-based word anticipation during language processing: Prediction of priming?. Discourse Processes, 45, (pp. 464-496) (33 p.).
Nieuwland, M.S. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2008). The interplay between semantic and referential aspects of anaphoric noun phrase resolution: Evidence from ERPs. Brain & Language, 106, (pp. 119-131) (13 p.).
van Berkum, J.J.A., van den Brink, D., Tesink, C.M.J.Y., Kos, M. & Hagoort, P. (2008). The neural integration of speaker and message. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 20 (4), (pp. 580-591) (12 p.).
Nieuwland, M.S. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2008). The neurocognition of referential ambiguity in language comprehension. Linguistics and Language Compass, 2 (4), (pp. 603-630) (28 p.).
van Berkum, J.J.A. (2008). Understanding sentences in context: What brain waves can tell us. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 17 (6), (pp. 376-380) (5 p.).
  2007
Hagoort, P. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2007). Beyond the sentence given. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 362, (pp. 801-811) (11 p.).
van Berkum, J.J.A., Koornneef, A.W., Otten, M. & Nieuwland, M.S. (2007). Establishing reference in language comprehension: An electrophysiological perspective. Brain Research, 1146 (1146), (pp. 158-171) (14 p.).
Otten, M., Nieuwland, M.S. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2007). Great expectations: Specific lexical anticipation influences the processing of spoken language. BMC Neuroscience, 8.
Nieuwland, M.S., Petersson, K.M. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2007). On sense and reference: Examining the functional neuroanatomy of referential processing. NeuroImage, 37 (3), (pp. 993-1004) (12 p.).
Nieuwland, M.S., Otten, M. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2007). Who are you talking about? Tracking discourse-level referential processing with event-related brain potentials. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19 (2), (pp. 228-236) (9 p.).
  2006
Nieuwland, M.S. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2006). Individual differences and contextual bias in pronoun resolution: Evidence from ERPs. Brain Research, 1118 (1), (pp. 155-167) (13 p.).
Koornneef, A.W. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2006). On the use of verb-based implicit causality in sentence comprehension: Evidence from self-paced reading and eye tracking. Journal of Memory and Language, 54, (pp. 445-465) (21 p.).
Nieuwland, M.S. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2006). When peanuts fall in love: N400 evidence for the power of discourse. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18 (7), (pp. 1098-1111) (14 p.).
  2005
van Berkum, J.J.A., Brown, C.M., Zwitserlood, P., Kooijman, V. & Hagoort, P. (2005). Anticipating upcoming words in discourse: Evidence from ERPs and reading times. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 31 (3), (pp. 443-467) (25 p.).
Nieuwland, M.S. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (2005). Testing the limits of the semantic illusion phenomenon: ERPs reveal temporary semantic change deafness in discourse comprehension. Cognitive Brain Research, 24 (3), (pp. 691-701) (11 p.).
  2004
van Berkum, J.J.A. (2004). Sentence comprehension in a wider discourse: Can we use ERPs to keep track of things?. In M. Carreiras, Jr. & C. Clifton (Eds.), The on-line study of sentence comprehension: eyetracking, ERPs and beyond. (pp. 229-270) (42 p.). New York: Psychology Press.
  2003
van Berkum, J.J.A., Brown, C.M., Hagoort, P. & Zwitserlood, P. (2003). Event-related brain potentials reflect discourse-referential ambiguity in spoken language comprehension. Psychophysiology, 40 (2), (pp. 235-248) (14 p.).
van Berkum, J.J.A., Zwitserlood, P., Hagoort, P. & Brown, C.M. (2003). When and how do listeners relate a sentence to the wider discourse? Evidence from the N400 effect. Cognitive Brain Research, 17 (3), (pp. 701-718) (18 p.).
  2002
Bastiaansen, M.C.M., van Berkum, J.J.A. & Hagoort, P. (2002). Event-related theta power increases in the human EEG during online sentence processing. Neuroscience Letters, 323 (1), (pp. 13-16) (4 p.).
Bastiaansen, M.C.M., van Berkum, J.J.A. & Hagoort, P. (2002). Syntactic processing modulates the θ rhythm of the human EEG. NeuroImage, 17, (pp. 1479-1494) (16 p.).
  2000
Brown, C.M., van Berkum, J.J.A. & Hagoort, P. (2000). Discourse before gender: An event-related brain potential study on the interplay of semantic and syntactic information during spoken language understanding. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 29 (1), (pp. 53-68) (16 p.).
van Berkum, J.J.A., Hagoort, P. & Brown, C.M. (2000). The use of referential context and grammatical gender in parsing: A reply to Brysbaert and Mitchell. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 29 (5), (pp. 467-481) (15 p.).
  1999
van Berkum, J.J.A., Brown, C.M. & Hagoort, P. (1999). Early referential context effects in sentence processing: Evidence from event-related brain potentials. Journal of Memory and Language, 41 (2), (pp. 147-182) (36 p.).
van Berkum, J.J.A., Hagoort, P. & Brown, C.M. (1999). Semantic integration in sentences and discourse: Evidence from the N400. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 11 (6), (pp. 657-671) (15 p.).
van Berkum, J.J.A., Brown, C.M. & Hagoort, P. (1999). When does gender constrain parsing? Evidence from ERPs. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 28 (5), (pp. 555-566) (12 p.).
  1997
van Berkum, J.J.A. (1997). Syntactic processes in speech production: The retrieval of grammatical gender. Cognition, 64 (2), (pp. 115-152) (38 p.).
  1996
van Berkum, J.J.A. (1996). De taalpsychologie van genus. Neder-L, 9601.a. notValidatingIssn:-0929-6514.
Radeau, M. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (1996). Gender decision. Language and Cognitive Processes, 11 (6), (pp. 605-610) (6 p.).
van Berkum, J.J.A. (1996). The linguistics of gender. The psycholinguistics of grammatical gender: Studies in language comprehension and production (pp. 14-44) (31 p.). Nijmegen: Nijmegen University Press.
  1995
van Berkum, J.J.A., Hijne, H., de Jong, A.J.M., van Joolingen, W.R. & Njoo, M. (1995). Characterising the application of computer simulations in education: Instructional criteria. Goal-driven learning / A. Ram & D. Leake (Eds.) (pp. 381-391) (11 p.). Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
  1992
Eysenck, M.W. & van Berkum, J.J.A. (1992). Trait anxiety, defensiveness, and the structure of worry. Personality and Individual Differences, 13 (12), (pp. 1285-1290) (6 p.).
  1991
van Berkum, J.J.A., Hijne, H., de Jong, T., van Joolingen, W.R. & Njoo, M. (1991). Aspects of computer simulations in education. Education and Computing, 6 (3/4), (pp. 231-239) (9 p.).
van Berkum, J.J.A. & de Jong, T. (1991). Instructional environments for simulations. Education and Computing, 6 (3/4), (pp. 305-358) (54 p.).
  1986
van Berkum, J.J.A. (1986). De cognitieve psychologie op zoek naar grondslagen. Kennis en Methode. Tijdschrift voor wetenschapsfilosofie en methodologie, X, (pp. 348-360) (13 p.).
van Berkum, J.J.A. (1986). Doordacht gevoel: Emoties als informatieverwerking. De Psycholoog, 21 (9), (pp. 417-423) (7 p.).

 

 

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Op dit moment verzorgt prof. dr. Jos van Berkum de volgende cursus(sen):

Ik krijg vanwege de overlap in thematiek regelmatig vragen over de precieze relatie tussen de cursussen Emoties (Ba TCS), Cognitieve Neurowetenschap voor Dummies (minor B&B), De Gevoelige Communicator (minor B&B), Psychologie van de Communicator (Ba CIW), en Language, Communication & Emotion (RMa Linguistics). Deze cursussen bestrijken allen delen van de psychologie (en soms de cognitieve neurowetenschap), en vaak in relatie tot communicatie. Deze cursussen maken echter verschillende keuzes qua stof, accenten, leerdoelen, en/of niveau, keuzes die samenhangen met de verschillende curricula waarbinnen de cursussen een rol spelen, en met de bijbehorende doelgroepen. Aarzel niet om contact met me op te nemen (j.vanberkum@uu.nl) als je daar meer over wilt weten, ik kan je dan een korte keuzehulp toesturen met daarin de belangrijkste overeenkomsten en verschillen, en ook, ter indicatie, de relevante cursushandleidingen van vorig jaar, zodat je je een beter beeld kan vormen en een slimme, gerichte keuze uit het aanbod kan maken.

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