Language and Cognition

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What can the study of language contribute to our understanding of human nature? This question motivates research spanning many intellectual constituencies, for its range exceeds the scope of any one of the core disciplines. The technical study of language has developed across anthropology, electrical engineering, linguistics, neurology, philosophy, psychology, and sociology, and influential research of the recent era of cognitive science has occurred when disciplinary boundaries were transcended. The seminar is a forum for convening this research community of broadly differing expertise, within and beyond the University. As a meeting ground for regular discussion of current events and fundamental questions, the University Seminar on Language and Cognition will direct its focus to the latest breakthroughs and the developing concerns of the scientific community studying language.

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Robert Remez
Professor, Barnard College, Department of Psychology

Mimi LaValley

Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please confirm details with the seminar rapporteur.



09/18/2014 Faculty House
4:00 PM
Reverse engineering the neural mechanisms involved in robust speech processing
Nima Mesgarani, Department of Electrical Engineering, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University
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10/14/2014 Faculty House
4:00 PM
The Syntax of Mind: Dendrophilia and Human Cognition
W. Tecumseh Fitch, Department of Cognitive Biology, University of Vienna (NB: Tuesday meeting)
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12/04/2014 Faculty House
4:00 PM
Speech Perception and Speech Production: Two Sides of the Same Sensorimotor Coin
Vincent L. Gracco, Speech Motor Control Lab, McGill University
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01/22/2015 Faculty House
4:00 PM
Can nonlinguistic musical training change the way the brain processes speech?
Aniruddh D. Patel, Department of Psychology, Tufts University
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02/19/2015 Faculty House
4:00 PM
Great expectations: How prediction in speech affects language processing
Laura C. Dilley, Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders, Michigan State University
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03/26/2015 Faculty House
4:00 PM
Variability and Invariance in Speech and Lexical Processing: Evidence from Aphasia and Functional Neuroimaging
Sheila Blumstein, Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences, Brown University
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04/23/2015 Faculty House
4:00 PM
Bilingualism: Consequences for Mind and Brain
Ellen Bialystok, Cognitive Development Lab, York University
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