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Haiku and the Brain

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General information


· Thomas Geyer (LMU)
· Heinrich René Liesefeld (LMU)
· Hermann J. Müller (LMU)

· Franziska Günther (LMU)

· Jim Kacian (The Haiku Foundation)
· Stella Pierides (The Haiku Foundation)

Project partners
General and Experimental Psychology LMU
English and American Studies, Modern English Linguistics, LMU
The Haiku Foundation (THF)

Project summary
Haiku and the Brain is an interdisciplinary project, bringing together poets and neuro-/cognitive scientists, aiming to investigate the construction of meaning in the process of reading normative, 3-line English-language haiku (ELH) and monoku. Using behavioral, cognitive, and neurocognitive methods (including rating scales, eye-movement recording, pupillometry, electroencephalography [EEG], and functional magnetic-resonance imaging [fMRI]), we aim to explore the value of haiku as paradigmatic material in the study of the construction of poetic/literary meaning and, by implication, meaning in general. Future extensions of this work may also explore the potential of haiku reading for maintaining, or even enhancing, cognitive function.

Article: Müller, H., Geyer, T., Günther, F., Kacian, J., & Pierides, S. (2017). “Reading English-language haiku: Processes of meaning construction revealed by eye movements.” Journal of Eye Movement Research 10(1).

Article: Pierides, S., Müller, H., Kacian, J., Günther, F., & Geyer, T. (2017). “Haiku and the brain: an exploratory study.” Juxtapositions: A Journal of Haiku Research and Scholarship 3(1).

Book Chapter: Geyer, T., Günther, F., Kacian, J., Müller, H. J., & Pierides, S. (2017). “Reading haiku: What eye movements reveal about the construction of literary meaning – an exploratory study.” In T. Lachmann & T. Weis (eds.), New Stages in Human Information Processing Research: In Search of Invariants in Cognition. New York: Taylor & Francis (in press).

Symposium at the European Conference on Eye Movements (ECEM, Wuppertal, Germany) 2017: “Eye movements during the reading of narrative and poetic text”, 
Presentation: Günther, F., Müller, H., Geyer, T., Kacian, J., & Pierides, S., “Exploring meaning construction in readers of English-language Haiku: An eye-tracking study.”