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.

Official profiles:

Official Page, Researchgate, Google Scholar, ORCID: 0000-0002-2191-5459ORCID, OSF, Academia, Linkedin

Contact:

1064 Budapest, Izabella utca 46. 310

+36 1 461-2600 / 5610

forgacs.balint@ppk.elte.hu

CV, List of Publications, MTMT database

 

Courses, thesis topics

 

Courses:

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)


Publications

 

2020

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


2019

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.


2017

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.


2016

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


2015

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).
https://doi.org/10.3389/fnhum.2015.00028

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.


2014

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


2013

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)


2012

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


2010

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


2009

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