Dr. Forgács Bálint


Dr. Bálint Forgács
Research Fellow

My main research area is the relationship between language acquisition and social cognition. It is a regular observation that infants’ language comprehension precedes their language production, however, recent results show that already 14-month-olds show brain responses very similar to adults, when familiar objects are named incorrectly. We investigate their surprisingly sophisticated social skills in playful situations, where we hope to see if they notice, when another person misunderstands language. In my experiments I try to learn more about the linguistic empathy of babies by measuring the extremely weak electricity produced by their thoughts.

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1064 Budapest, Izabella utca 46. 310

+36 1 461-2600 / 5610


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Courses, thesis topics



Introduction to Cognitive Science (CCNM17-101)

Thesis topics:

Theory of Mind and language acquisition in preverbal infants (EEG)

Metaphor processing in the brain in adults (EEG)



Forgács, B. (2022). The pragmatic functions of metaphorical language. A life in cognition: Studies in Cognitive Science in Honor of Csaba Pléh, 41-57.

Forgács, B., Gervain, J., Parise, E., Gergely, Gy., Elek, L.P., Üllei, Zs, Király I (2022). Semantic systems are mentalistically activated for and by social partners. Scientific Reports 12, 4866. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-08306-w

Forgács, B., Tauzin, T., Gergely, G., & Gervain, J. (2022). The newborn brain is sensitive to the communicative function of language. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 1220.

Forgács, B., & Pléh, C. (2022). The fluffy metaphors of climate science. In Metaphors and Analogies in Sciences and Humanities: Words and Worlds (pp. 447-477). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Magyari, L., Pléh, C., & Forgács, B. (2022). The Hungarian hubris syndrome. Plos one, 17(8), e0273226.


Forgács, B. (2021). A gravitáció mint szellem. Budapesti Könyvszemle-BUKSZ, 33(1-2), 23-28.

Forgács, B., & Pléh, C. (2021). Metafora hátán lovagol a sátán–avagy miért nem értjük meg a klímaváltozás valódi fenyegetését?. Argumentum, 17, 581-603.


Forgács, B. (2020). An Electrophysiological Abstractness Effect for Metaphorical Meaning Making. eNeuro 7(5). https://doi.org/10.1523/ENEURO.0052-20.2020

Forgács, B. (2020). Book Review (In Hungarian): Csaba Pléh, Judit Mészáros, Valéria Csépe (Eds.): Writing Methods of History of Psychology and Hungarian History of Psychology. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 2019 (In Hungarian). Hungarian Science, 181(3), 421-424.

Forgács, B., Gervain, J., Parise, E., Csibra, G., Gergely, G., Baross, J., & Kiraly, I. (2020). Electrophysiological Investigation of Infants’ Understanding of Understanding. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience,100783, ISSN 1878-9293. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2020.100783


Forgács, B., Parise, E., Csibra, G., Gergely, G., Jacquey, L., & Gervain, J. (2019). Fourteen‐month‐old infants track the language comprehension of communicative partners. Developmental science, 22(2), e12751. https://doi.org/10.1111/desc.12751

Forgács, B. & Pléh, Cs. (2019). What Are You Thinking About Where? Syntactic Ambiguity between Abstract Arguments and Concrete Adjuncts in Hungarian, Modulated by Concreteness. Psychology in Russia: State of the Art, Volume 12, Issue 1.


Pléh, Cs., Forgács, B., & Fekete, I. (2017). The Effects of Gender Stereotypes in Hungarian University Students: Results of an Empirical Pilot-study (In Hungarian). In: M. Kovács (Ed.), Társadalmi nemek (pp. 103-115). Budapest: ELTE Eötvös Kiadó.


Forgács, B. (2016). Book Review: Réka Szabó: Metaforák és szimbólumok. Oriold és Társai, Budapest, 2015 (In Hungarian). Magyar Tudomány, 177(5), 636-639.


Forgács, B., Bardolph, M., Amsel, B. D., DeLong, K. A., & Kutas, M. (2015). Metaphors are physical and abstract: ERPs to metaphorically modified nouns resemble ERPs to abstract language. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9(28).

Forgács, B. (2015). A kognitív tudomány metaforái és az agy. Magyar Pszichológiai Szemle, 70(2), 395-404. (Hungarian)

Forgács, B. (2015). Book Review: Csaba Pléh, Ágnes Lukács (eds.): Pszicholingvisztika 1-2. Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest, 2014 (In Hungarian). Magyar Tudomány, 176(6), 763-765.


Forgács, B. (2014) Figures of language in cognitive science in the light of figurative language processing in the brain. PhD DIssertation.

Forgács, B.(2014). Figures of language in cognitive science in the light of figurative language processing in the brain. PhD thesis.

Forgács, B., Lukács, Á., Pléh, Cs. (2014). Lateralized processing of novel metaphors: Disentangling figurativeness and novelty. Neuropsychologia, 56, 101–109. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2014.01.003


Forgács, B. (2013). The right hemisphere of cognitive science. In: Cs. Pléh, L. Gurova, and L. Ropolyi (Eds.), New Perspectives on the History of Cognitive Science (pp. 129-141). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó.

Forgács, B. (2013). Agy és megismerés a figuratív nyelv megértésében. (Hungarian)


Forgács, B., Bohrn, I., Baudewig, J., Hofmann, M.J., Pléh, Cs., Jacobs, A.M. (2012). Neural correlates of combinatorial semantic processing of literal and figurative noun noun compound words. Neuroimage, 63(3), 1432-1442. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.07.029


Forgács, B. (2010). Book Review: Jerry A. Fodor: LOT 2: The Language of Thought Revisited, Oxford University Press US, 2008 (In Hungarian). Hungarian Psychological Review, 65(3), 555-563. DOI: 10.1556/MPSzle.65.2010.3.5


Forgács, B. (2009). Verbal metacommunication–Why a metaphorical mapping can be relevant?. Magyar Pszichológiai Szemle, 64(3), 593-605. (Hungarian)

Forgács, B. (2009). Book Review: Tamás Demeter: Mentális fikcionalizmus. Gondolat Kiadó, Budapest, 2008 (In Hungarian). Hungarian Psychological Review, 64(4), 753–763. DOI: 10.1556/MPSzle.64.2009.4.7