Stephanie Forkel


Donders Centre for Cognition, Radboud University


Brain variability and its impact on language functions

Our brain’s immense power is derived from the complex networks between brain areas. The delicate complexity of these connections is the backbone of functions as we know them. Functions emerge from the interaction between brain areas. Modern neurosciences have built a sophisticated picture of how our brains work based on the stunning anatomical work conducted by previous generations. This talk will look at the emergent properties of the connected brain in health and neurological diseases.


Dr Forkel is the leader of the Language and Communication Theme at the Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour where she heads her Clinical Neuroanatomy research group. She chairs the @CNSeminars
, an award-winning science communication YouTube channel. She accumulated over 17 years of experience in applied clinical psychology, neuroanatomy, and neuroimaging. Her expertise has garnered international recognition, evident from her numerous publications in high-impact factor journals and book chapters. She is an editorial board at Cortex and at Brain Structure and Function and the Programme Chair for the Organization of Human Brain Mapping (OHBM). She currently serves as the book section editor for Human Neuroanatomy in the forthcoming Encyclopaedia of the Human Brain (Elsevier, Eds. Jordan Grafman).