Olaf Hauk
Research staff, Methods group
01223 273702

Current research interests:

I use a multi-modal imaging approach to problems in the neuroscience of language and cognition.


How are the complex computations underlying reading behaviour implemented efficiently and flexibly in our brains? I address this question using EEG, MEG and fMRI to study effects of psycholinguistic variables/tasks on the human brain response. I focus on the relationship between neuroimaging methods and behavioural measures (such as button presses and eye movements) in the context of computational models of reading.

Embodied Cognition:

How much do high-level cognitive processes still depend on processes at a lower level? "Embodied cognition" theory assumes that cognition makes use of basic perceptual and motor processes. I test preditions of this theory using EEG, MEG and fMRI, focussing on word meaning and arithmetic processing. Are motor areas activated when we read an action-related word? Or when we multiply two numbers?


I evaluate and develop EEG/MEG source estimation procedures for connectivity and pattern analysis as well as multi-modal imaging, and apply novel approaches to EEG/MEG analysis to study cognitive variables and tasks, such as multiple linear regression or linear mixed-effects modelling.

Phd Projects

I would be happy to talk to prospective PhD students who are interested in EEG/MEG/fMRI and eye-tracking research on reading, or methods research in multi-modal imaging.

Show CBSU publications

TSCHENTSCHER, N., HAUK, O. (In Press) Frontal and parietal cortices show different spatio-temporal dynamics across problem solving stages, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience [Read More]

HAUK, O. (2016) Only time will tell - why temporal information is essential for our neuroscientific understanding of semantics, Psychonomic Bulletin and Review, 23(4), 1072-1079 [Open Access]

HAUK, O. (2016) Preface to special issue “prediction in language comprehension and production”, Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 31(1) [Open Access]

Mollo, G., Pulvermüller, F., HAUK, O. (2016) Movement priming of EEG/MEG brain responses for action-words characterizes the link between language and action, Cortex, 74, 262-276 [Open Access]

HAUK, O. (2015) Invited commentary on: The Cortical Dynamics of Speaking: Present Shortcomings and Future Avenues by Strijkers and Costa, Language, Cognition and Neuroscience [Read More]

HAUK, O. (2015) What does it mean? A review of the neuroscientific evidence for embodied lexical semantics, The Neurobiology of Language (Eds G Hickok, Steve Small) [Read More]

TSCHENTSCHER, N., HAUK, O. (2015) Individual strategy ratings improve the control for task difficulty effects in arithmetic problem solving paradigms, Frontiers in Psychology, 6:1188 [Open Access]

FINOIA, P., MITCHELL, D., HAUK, O. , Beste, c., Pizzella, v., DUNCAN, J.D. (2015) Concurrent brain responses to separate audiology and visual targets, Journal of Neurophysiology, 114(2), 1239–1247. [Open Access]

Hauk, O. (2015) Early visual word processing is flexible: evidence from spatio-temporal brain dynamics, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 27(9), 1738-1751 [Open Access]

Miozzo, M., Pulvermuller, F.P., HAUK, O. (2014) Early Parallel Activation of Semantics and Phonology in Picture Naming: Evidence from a Multiple-linear-regression MEG study, Cognition and Emotion [Open Access]

TSCHENTSCHER, N., HAUK, O. (2014) How are things adding up? Neural differences between arithmetic operations are due to general problem solving strategies, NeuroImage, 92, 369–380 [Open Access]

HAUK, O. & STENROOS, M. (2014) A framework for the design of flexible cross-talk functions for spatial filtering of EEG/MEG data: , Human Brain Mapping, 35(4), 1642-1653 [Read More]

MOSELEY, R.L., Lomardo, M.V., Baron-Cohen, S., PULVERMULLER, F., Mohr, M. and HAUK, O. (2013) Brain and behavioral correlates of action semantic deficits in autism, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7:725 [Open Access]

CHEN, Y., DAVIS, M.H., PULVERMULLER, F., HAUK, O. (2013) Task modulation of brain responses in visual word recognition as studied using EEG/MEG and fMRI, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 376 [Open Access]

STENROOS, M., HAUK, O. (2013) Minimum-norm cortical source estimation in layered head models is robust against skull conductivity error, NeuroImage, 81, 265-272 [Open Access]

HAUK, O. , TSCHENTSCHER, N. (2013) The body of evidence: What can neuroscience tell us about embodied semantics?, Frontiers in Cognitive Science, 4:50 [Open Access]

Fokas, A.S., HAUK, O. , Michel, V. (2012) Electro-magneto-encephalography for the three-shell model: Numerical implementation via splines for distributed current in speherical geometry, Inverse Problems 28(3), 035009 [Open Access]

PULVERMULER, F., COOK, C., HAUK, O. (2012) Inflection in action: Semantic motor system activation to noun- and verb-containing phrases is modulated by the presence of overt grammatical markers., NeuroImage, 60(2), 1367-1379 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , Coutout, C., Holden, A., Chen, Y. (2012) The time-course of single-word reading: Evidence from fast behavioral and brain responses, Neuroimage, 60(2), 1462-1477 [Open Access]

MOSELEY, R., PULVERMULLER, F.P., CAROTA, F., Mohr, B., HAUK, O. (2012) A role for the motor system in binding abstract emotional meaning, Cerebral Cortex, 22(7),1634-1647 [Open Access]

HAUK, O. , PULVERMULLER, F. (2011) The Lateralization of Motor Cortex Activation to Action-Words, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5:149 [Open Access]

HAUK, O. , WAKEMAN, D.G., HENSON, R. (2011) Comparison of noise-normalized minimum norm estimates for MEG analysis using multiple resolution metrics, NeuroImage, 54(3), 1966-1974 [Open Access]

PULVERMULLER, F., Cooper-Pye, E., DINE, C., HAUK, O. , Nestor, P.J., PATTERSON, K. (2010) The Word Processing Deficit in semantic dementia: All catgeories are equal, but some categories are more equal than others, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(9), 2027-2041 [Read More]

BOUDELAA, S., PULVERMULLER, F., HAUK, O. , SHTYROV, Y. & MARSLEN-WILSON, W.D. (2010) Arabic morphology in the neural language system: A mismatch negativity study, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(5), 998-1010 [Read More]

PULVERMULLER, F., SHEBANI, V., Boulenger, M, GARAGNANI, M., HAUK, O. , SHTYROV, Y., PATTERSON, K. (2009) Somatotopic Motor Systems Are Critical For Catgory-Specific Semantic Processes, Neurobiology of Language Conference (NLC 2009), October 2009, p92, Chicago, 2009 [Read More]

Grave De Peralta, R., HAUK, O. , Gonzalez, S.L. (2009) The Neuroelectromagnetic Inverse Problem and the Zero Dipole Localization Error, Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience, 659247 [Open Access]

PULVERMULLER, F., SHTYROV, Y. & HAUK, O. (2009) Understanding in an instant: Neurophysiological evidence for mechanistic language circuits in the brain, Brain and Language, 110(2), 81–94 [Open Access]

PULVERMULLER, F., Kherif, F, HAUK, O. & NIMMO-SMITH, I. (2009) Distributed Cell Assemblies for General Lexical and Category-Specific Semantic Processing as Revealed by fMRI Cluster Analysis, Human Brain Mapping, 30(12), 3837-3850 [Read More]

Bediou, B., Eimer, M., d'Amato, T., HAUK, O. & CALDER, A.J. (2009) In the eye of the beholder: Individual differences in reward-drive modulate early frontocentral ERPs to angry faces, Neuropsychologia, 47(3), 825-834 [Open Access]

CARLYON, R.P., DEEKS, J., SHTYROV, Y., GRAHN, J., GOCKEL, H.E., HAUK, O. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2009) Changes in the perceived duration of a narrowband sound induced by a preceding stimulus: a retrospective effect in auditory perception?, Journal of Experimental Psychology - Human Perception and Performance, 35(6), 1898-1912 [Read More]

Boulenger, V., HAUK, O. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2009) Grasping ideas with the motor system: Semantic somatotopy in idiom comprehension, Cerebral Cortex, 19(8), 1905-1914 [Open Access]

HAUK, O. , PULVERMULLER, F., Ford, M., MARSLEN-WILSON, W.D & DAVIS, M.H. (2009) Can I have a quick word? Early electrophysiological manifestations of psycholinguistic processes revealed by event-related regression analysis of the EEG, Biological Psychology, 80(1), 64-74. [Read More]

HAUK, O. , DAVIS, M.H. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2008) Modulation of brain activity by multiple lexical and word form variables in visual word recognition: A parametric fMRI study, NeuroImage, 42(3), 1185-1195 [Open Access]

HAUK, O. , DAVIS, M.H., Ford, M., MARSLEN-WILSON, W.D. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2008) Can I Have a Quick Word? The Time Course of Visual Word Recognition as Revealed by Linear Regression Analysis of ERP Data, The Third International Conference on Cognitive Science, Volume 1, p58 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , DAVIS, M.H., Kherif, F. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2008) Imagery or meaning? Evidence for a semantic origin of category-specific brain activity in metabolic imaging, European Journal of Neuroscience, 27(7), 1856–1866 [Open Access]

Nazir, T.A., HAUK, O. & Jeannerod, M. (2008) The role of sensory motor systems for language understanding, Journal of Physiology-Paris, 102(1-3), 1-3 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , SHTYROV, Y. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2008) The time course of action and action-word comprehension in the human brain as revealed by neurophysiology, Journal of Physiology-Paris, 102(1-3), 50-58 [Open Access]

MOHR, B., Endrass, T., HAUK, O. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2007) ERP correlates of the bilateral redundancy gain for words, Neuropsychologia, 45(9), 2114-2124 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , PATTERSON, K., WOOLLAMS, A., COOPER-PYE, E., PULVERMULLER, F. & Rogers, T.T. (2007) How the Camel Lost its Hump: The impact of object typicality on ERP signals in object decision, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(8), 1338-1353 [Read More]

Kiefer, M., Sim, E.J., Liebich, S., HAUK, O. & Tanaka, J. (2007) Experience-dependent plasticity of conceptual representations in human sensory-motor areas, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 19(3), 525-542 [Read More]

Penolazzi, B., HAUK, O. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2007) Early Semantic Context Integration and Lexical Access as Revealed by Event-Related Potentials, Biological Psychology, 74(3), 374-388 [Read More]

MOSCOSO DEL PRADO MARTIN, F., HAUK, O. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2006) Category specificity in the processing of color-related and form-related words: An ERP study, Neuroimage, 29(1), 29-37 [Read More]

BOUDELAA, S., MARSLEN-WILSON, W.D., PULVERMULLER, F., HAUK, O. & SHTYROV, Y. (2006) The neural correlates of Arabic morphology: A mismatch negativity study with roots and word patterns, In: Fourth Conference on Mismatch Negativity (MMN) and its Clinical and Scientific Applications, p.66 [Open Access]

Naci, L., PULVERMULLER, F., Taylor, K., SHTYROV Y., HAUK, O. & Tyler, L. (2006) Spatiotemporal patterns of cross-modal integration., Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, E21 [Read More]

Naci, L., PULVERMULLER, F., Taylor, K., SHTYROV, Y., HAUK, O. & Tyler, L (2006) Spatiotemporal dissociation of perceptual and semantic processes in the ventral object processing stream, Neuroimage 31, S178 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , SHTYROV, Y. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2006) The sound of actions as reflected by mismatch negativity: Rapid activation of cortical sensory-motor networks by sounds associated with finger and tongue movements, In: Fourth Conference on Mismatch Negativity (MMN) and its Clinical and Scientific Applications, p.34 [Read More]

PULVERMULLER, F., Huss, M., Kherif, F., MOSCOSO DEL PRADO MARTIN, F., HAUK, O. & SHTYROV, Y. (2006) The Motor Theory of Speech Perception Confirmed: FMRI Evidence, Thirteenth Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, A127 [Read More]

PULVERMULLER, F., Huss,M., Kherif,F., MOSCOSO DEL PRADO MARTIN,F., HAUK, O. & SHTYROV, Y. (2006) Motor cortex maps articulatory features of speech sounds, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 103(20), 7865-7870 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , SHTYROV, Y. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2006) The sound of actions as reflected by mismatch negativity: Rapid activation of cortical sensory-motor networks by sounds associated with finger and tongue movements, European Journal of Neuroscience, 23(3), 811-821 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , DAVIS, M.H., Ford, M., PULVERMULLER, F. & MARSLEN-WILSON, W.D. (2006) The time course of visual word-recognition as revealed by linear regression analysis of ERP data, Neuroimage, 30(4),1383-1400 [Read More]

PULVERMULLER, F. & HAUK, O. (2006) Category-specific Conceptual Processing of Color and Form in Left Fronto-temporal Cortex, Cerebral Cortex, 16(8), 1193-1201 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , PATTERSON, K., WOOLLAMS, A., Watling, L., PULVERMULLER, F. & Rogers, T. (2006) [Q:] When would you prefer a SOSSAGE to a SAUSAGE? [A:] At about 100 ms. ERP correlates of orthographic typicality and lexicality in written word recognition., Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 18(5), 818-832 [Read More]

VAN CASTEREN, M., DAVIS, M.H., HAUK, O. , PULVERMULLER, F., MARSLEN-WILSON, W.D. (2005) Effects of surface and stem frequency on ERPs to visually presented words, Twelfth Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society, E194 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , FORD M.A., DAVIS, M.H. , MARSLEN-WILSON, W.D., PULVERMüLLER, F. (2005) Multiple regression analysis of ERPs reveals early processing stages in visual word recognition, Society for Psychophysiological Research, Abstracts of the 45th Annual Meeting, Psychophysiology 42: , Lisbon, 2005 [Read More]

PULVERMULLER, F., HAUK, O. & MOSCOSO DEL PRADO MARTIN, F. (2005) Category-specific conceptual processing of color and form in left fronto-temporal cortex: fMRI and EEG evidence, Society for Psychophysiological Research, 45th Annual Meeting, Session 6/37 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , ROGERS, T.T., WOOLLAMS, A., PULVERMULLER, F., Watling, L. & PATTERSON, K. (2005) [Q:] When would you prefer a SOSSAGE to a SAUSAGE? [A:] At about 100 ms. ERP correlates of orthographic typicality and lexicalityin written word recognition., Society for Psychophysiological Research, 45th Annual Meeting, Session 6/35 [Read More]

Penolazzi, B., HAUK, O. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2005) Pre-N400 neurophysiological evidence for semantic context integration, Society for Psychophysiological Research, 45th Annual Meeting, Session 5/65 [Read More]

PULVERMULLER, F., HAUK, O. , Zohsel, K., Neininger, B. & MOHR, B. (2005) Therapy-related reorganization of language in both hemispheres of patients with chronic aphasia, Neuroimage, 28(2), 481-489 [Read More]

JOHNSRUDE, I. & HAUK, O. (2005) Neuroimaging: techniques for examining human brain function, In Cognitive Psychology: A Methods Companion by Nick Braisby, OUP, 105-137 [Read More]

PULVERMULLER, F., HAUK, O. , Nikulin, V. & Ilmoniemi, R.J. (2005) Functional links between motor and language systems, European Journal of Neuroscience, 21(3), 793-797 [Read More]

SHTYROV, Y., HAUK, O. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2004) Distributed neuronal networks for encoding category-specific semantic information: the mismatch negativity to action words, European Journal of Neuroscience, 19(4), 1083-1092 [Read More]

HAUK, O. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2004) Effects of word length and frequency on the human event-related potential, Clinical Neurophysiology, 115(5), 1090-1103 [Read More]

HAUK, O. (2004) Keep it simple: A case for using classical minimum norm estimates in the analysis of EEG and MEG data, Neuroimage, 21(4), 1612-1621 [Read More]

HAUK, O. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2004) Neurophysiological distinction of action words in fronto-central cortex, Human Brain Mapping, 21(3), 191-201 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , JOHNSRUDE, I. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2004) Somatotopic representation of action words in human motor and premotor cortex, Neuron, 41(2), 301-307 [Read More]

PULVERMULLER, F., HAUK, O. , SHTYROV, Y., JOHNSRUDE, I., Nikulin, V. & Ilmoniemi, R.J. (2003) Interactions of language and actions (Poster), In: Society for Psychophysiological Research, Abstracts of the 43rd Annual Meeting, Psychophysiology 40: supplement 1, S70, Chicago, USA, Oct 2003. [Read More]

HAUK, O. , SHTYROV, Y. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2003) Localising the average or averaging the localisations? It does not matter for the early left-anterior Mismatch Negativity! (Poster), NeuroImage 19(2) part 2, S57, June 2003 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , PULVERMULLER, F. & JOHNSRUDE, I. (2003) Brain areas activated by action words: ERP and efMRI evidence (Poster), NeuroImage 19(2) Suppl1, S57 [Read More]

MICHEYL, C., CARLYON, R.P., SHTYROV, Y., HAUK, O. , DODSON, T. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2003) The neurophysiological basis of the continuity illusion: A Mismatch Negativity Study, Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 15(5), 747-758 [Read More]

Keil, A., Bradley, M.M., HAUK, O. , Rockstroh, B., Elbert, T. & Lang, P.J. (2003) Large-scale neural correlates of affective picture processing, Psychophysiology 395(5), 641-649 [Read More]

PULVERMULLER, F., SHTYROV, Y., HAUK, O. , & Ilmoniemi, R (2002) Word recognition as reflected by the Mismatch Negativity, Proceedings of the 8th International Cognitive Neuroscience Conference, Poster [Read More]

HAUK, O. , Rockstroh, B., & Eulitz, C (2002) Grapheme monitoring in picture naming: an electrophysiological study of language production, 8th International Conference on Cogntiive Neuroscience, porquelles, France, 108,35 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , & PULVERMULLER, F. (2002) Effects of word length and frequency on the human ERP., 8th International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience, Porquelles, France, 107,34 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , Holz, G., & PULVERMULLER, F. (2002) ERPs in action: Electrophysiological distinction of different types of action words, 8th International Conference on Cognitive Neuroscience, Porquerolles, France, 107, 33 [Read More]

Hauk, O. , Keil, A., Elbert, T. & Mueller, M.M. (2002) Comparison of data transformation procedures to enhance topographical accuracy in time-series analysis of the human EEG, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 113, 111-122 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , HOLZ, G. & PULVERMULLER, F. (2001) Foot and mouth in the human word-evoked brain potential., Society for Psychophysiological Research, Abstracts of the 41st Annual Meeting, Psychophysiology 38: suppl 1, S49 [Read More]

HAUK, O. & PULVERMÜLLER, F. (2001) Effects of word length and frequency of the human ERP., Society for Psychophysiological Research, Abstracts of the 41st Annual Meeting, Psychophysiology 38: suppl 1, S49 [Read More]

PULVERMULLER, F., Assadollahi R, SHTYROV, Y. & HAUK, O. (2001) Neurophysiologic indicators of word types and serial order, 1st Annual Meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Psychophysiology, 38, Suppl 1, S17 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , Rockstroh, B. & Eulitz, C. (2001) Grapheme Monitoring in Picture Naming: An Electrophysiological Study of Language Production, Brain Topography, 14 (1) 3-13 [Read More]

Eulitz, E., HAUK, O. & Cohen, R. (2000) Electroencephalographic activity over temporal brain areas during phonological encoding in picture naming , Clinical Neurophysiology, 2000, 111, 2088-2097 [Read More]

HAUK, O. (2000) Linear inverse filtering improves spatial separation of nonlinear brain dynamics: a simulation study, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 98, 49-56 [Read More]

HAUK, O. , Roeschke, J. & Fell, J. (1999) Topographic focusing of nonlinear scalp EEG estimates through inverse filtering , in Nonlinear dynamics and brain functioning, Rapp, P.E (Ed), Commack, NY, Nova Science [Read More]

Rockstroh, B., Cohen, R., HAUK, O. , Dobel, C., Berg, P., Horvath, J. & Elbert, T. (1999) Topography of the Postimperative Negative Variation in schizophrenic patients and controls obtained from high-resolution ERP-maps , Clinical Neurophysiology, 49(suppl) 210-214 [Read More]

Loew, A., Rockstroh, B., Cohen, R., HAUK, O. , Berg, P. & Maier, W. (1999) Determining working memory from ERP topography , Brain Topography, 12(1), 39-47 [Read More]

Dobel, C., HAUK, O. , Zobel, E., Eulitz, C., PULVERMULLER, F., Cohen, R., Schoenle, P.W., Elbert, T. & Rockstroh, B. (1999) Monitoring brain activity of human subjects during delayed matching to sample tasks comparing verbal and pictorial stimuli with modal and cross-modal presentation: an event related potential study employing a source reconstruction method, Neuroscience Letters, 1998, 253, 179-182 [Read More]