January 2013





LetterfromChairLetter From the SNL Chair


Dear Colleagues,


Greetings and Happy New Year to all as the Society for the Neurobiology of Language enters its third year.  Thank you for your support and enthusiastic participation, which are critical for the ongoing growth of SNL.  This year's conference in San Sebastián/Donostio, Spain, was a great success, with over 400 attendees and nearly 300 scientific presentations.  Thanks to the local meeting organizers, under the direction of Manuel Carreiras, who secured a beautiful location and sated the attendees with extraordinary Basque-influenced cuisine.  Thanks also to all who helped out by reviewing abstracts, assisting registrants, and spreading the word about this fantastic meeting.


               The year ahead will be equally exciting.  Our annual meeting will be in San Diego in early November and will again occur in partnership with the Society for Neuroscience.  The Program Committee will soon begin selecting invited speakers and meanwhile welcomes suggestions on this topic from any and all SNL members.  Based on your survey input, our plan is to expand the meeting from 2 to 2.5 days and hold it in downtown San Diego.  Future meetings will alternate mainly between the US and Europe.  Planning for the 2014 meeting in Amsterdam has already begun, spearheaded by Dr. Peter Hagoort.


               The SNL is your society.  As the only organization dedicated specifically to merging neurobiology and language science, SNL can be a focal point for all of us.  I urge you to spread the word about the Society and encourage colleagues who are not yet members to join.  Let's make SNL the organization and annual meeting of choice for scientists exploring how the brain creates language.



Jeffrey R. Binder, MD

Chair, SNL



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International Workshop on Reading and Developmental Dyslexia (IWORDD)

We would like to invite you to the IWORDD-International Workshop on Reading and Developmental Dyslexia, organized by the  BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (www.bcbl.eu).


Our aim with this workshop is to promote exchange of ideas between world-class dyslexia experts through debates and talks, and facilitate transfer of knowledge between practitioners and scientists. The ultimate goal is to understand the causes of dyslexia and improve detection protocols and remediation techniques. IWORDD will take place from Thursday, May 30th through Saturday, June 1st, 2013, in San Sebastian, Spain.


The workshop is split into two parts, each of which should be registered for separately.  In order to secure your place for this event, please REGISTER as soon as possible as the NUMBER OF PLACES IS LIMITED.


CONFERENCE PROGRAM Part One: IWORDD -- Theoretical Perspectives (May 30 and 31)

This part will be dedicated to the science and will be centered around six debates between invited speakers. Since IWORDD aims to encompass the wide variety of theoretical views on developmental reading disorders, debates will involve international experts chosen to represent this diversity of approaches. This series of debates will be complemented by talks and poster presentations selected from abstract submissions. Note that only the 12 best abstracts will be selected for oral presentation, and that the language for these two days will be English.

Topics involved in the debates:

1. The nature of the phonological deficit in developmental dyslexia (Franck Ramus & Maggie Snowling)

2. Temporal Sampling Theory versus Allophonic Theory of developmental dyslexia (Usha Goswami & Willy Serniclaes)

3. A phonological deficit or a broader auditory deficit as a core impairment of dyslexia? (Merav Ahissar & Pol Ghesquière)

4. The phonological deficit: cause or consequence of reading disorders? (Kate Nation & Anne Castles)

5. The nature of the visual deficits in developmental dyslexia (Andrea Facoetti & Trichur Vidyasagar)

6. Comorbidities associated with reading disabilities: a new window on the dyslexia phenotype (Joel Talcott & Sylviane Valdois)


Abstract deadline: February 1st, 2013

Early registration deadline: March 1st, 2013


CONFERENCE PROGRAM Part Two: IWORDD -- From Theory to Practice (June 1).

The second part will promote the transfer of knowledge and interaction among researchers, parents, teachers and practitioners. IWORDD - From Theory to Practice is centered around six keynote lectures by international experts tailored to a broad audience, followed by a round table discussion. For this part, simultaneous interpretation in Spanish, English and Basque will be provided.

Keynote lectures & Invited speakers

1. Language Development and the Brain: A Phonological Perspective. Ush Goswami - University of Cambridge, UK.

2. The diagnosis of dyslexia and the different reading profiles. Anne Castles - Macquarie University, Australia.

3. The development of dyslexia: lessons from family-risk studies. Maggie Snowling - University of York, UK.

4. Dyslexia remediation programs: What to look for and how to pick one? Sylviane Valdois - Université Pierre Mendès-France.

5. Dyslexia in transparent languages: the case of Spanish. Manuel Carreiras - Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language, Spain.

6. The neural and genetic bases of dyslexia Franck Ramus - Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris.


For further information please visit www.bcbl.eu.


Research Assistant--The Language and Aphasia Laboratory of Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), Philadelphia/Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, USA

MRRI has an opening for a BA/BS-level research assistant, for Spring or Fall 2013. Under the direction of Dr. Myrna Schwartz, the laboratory conducts NIH-funded research on language processing in typical speakers and those with post-stroke aphasia.  In our research, we seek to understand how words are learned and retrieved in speech, how these processes are affected by stroke, and how word production deficits can be ameliorated by treatment.  Our RAs gain valuable experience with language-impaired patients. They are trained to administer clinical measures of aphasia and to design, run, and analyze experiments with patients as participants. Learning opportunities also include state-of-the art lesion analysis and applications of computational modeling. 


Applicants should have strong academic backgrounds in psychology, neuroscience or linguistics, with coursework in statistics and research methods. Preference will be given to applicants with prior research experience, particularly in cognitive psychology, speech and hearing sciences, or linguistics. MRRI and MossRehab are part of the Albert Einstein Healthcare Network. The position offers competitive salary and benefits (medical, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement). Send cover letter, C.V. (which includes a list of relevant coursework) and contact information for three references to

Dr.Erica Middleton--email: middleer@einstein.edu; fax:215-663-6783; mail: MossRehabilitation Research Institute, 60 Township Line Rd., Elkins Park, PA, 19027.


23rd Annual Neuroscience Conference March 4-6, 2013, Toronto, Canda

The Rotman Research Institute is pleased to announce its annual conference, with the theme "Brain Plasticity and Neurorehabilitation."  The conference features an all-star slate of speakers, poster sessions, and intensive workshops on contemporary clinical and research techniques.


Four pre-conference workshops will be held on March 3rd

Clincal Workshops: 

Workshop A: The Memory and Aging Program  workshop provides clinicians with the necessary background information and experience to deliver an evidence-based memory intervention to groups of older adults experiencing normal age-related memory changes.


Workshop B:  Smarter Aging Program (SAP) provides clinicians with a validated, structured program based on musical lessons, for rehabilitation of executive function for seniors.  This workshop will give you a solid foundation of the theoretical basis of SAP and hands-on experience in delivering SAP.

Workshop C:  Learning the Ropes for Living with MCI™ is an evidence-based program crafted to meet the specific needs of people living with MCI based on the most current research.  This workshop provides healthcare professionals with an in-depth understanding of MCI and the necessary background and training to deliver an effective group intervention targeted to the specialized needs of those affected by MCI.

Scientific Workshop:  Workshop D:  Conducting Neurocognitive Intervention Research: Lessons from the field. The objectives are to learn new methodologies developed by Rotman Research Institute leading scientists as they apply to research designs that track intervention-related neural and behavioural changes.

Special conference rates are available for accommodations at the Westin Harbour Castle until February 11, 2013.

Register now or direct any queries to (416) 785-2500 ext. 2363 or e-mail Paula Ferreira.   
Full information available at::  http://research.baycrest.org/conference    

Postdoctoral Position--University of Pennsylvania, USA 

The Grossman Lab in the Department of Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking applicants for a funded, 2-3 year postdoctoral position using structural and functional MRI to investigate the neuroanatomic basis for executive resources during sentence processing in healthy aging.  Preference will be given to individuals with previous experience in the neurobiology of language, healthy aging, and fMRI.


Please send a CV, a representative publication, a one-page description of research interests, and three letters of recommendation to:

Murray Grossman, 

Department of Neurology - 2 Gibson

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

3400 Spruce St

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283


The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class status in its employment practices. 


TISLR 11 Summer School: The Sign Language Researcher's Toolkit (7-9 July 2013)

We are pleased to announce the TISLR 11 summer school, The Sign Language Researcher's Toolkit, which will be held 7-9 July 2013, immediately preceding the TISLR 11 conference (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/dcal/tislr/summerschool).


The summer school will provide core theoretical and methodological training on sign language research covering linguistic as well as psycholinguistic/neurolinguistic approaches. The summer school will consist of lectures, discussions and activities and will be aimed at masters and PhD students and early career post-doctoral researchers embarking on or interested in pursuing an independent research program in the study of sign languages. Training will be provided by internationally recognised experts in the field, offering students a unique opportunity to acquire an interdisciplinary skill set and to meet and interact with leading academics, both deaf and hearing. The summer school will cover topics crucial for linguistic documentation and description of sign languages and for experimental research.


Attendance is free of charge but you must apply to participate in the summer school as places are limited. Completed applications (including cover letter, CV and letter of support) should be sent to TISLR11summerschool@gmail.com by Thursday 31st January. Applicants will be notified if they have been successful by the end of February.


A minimum of 15 bursaries at 300 euros each (provided by the European COST Action SignGram) will be available to facilitate student participation in the summer school. To be eligible, you should be a masters or PhD student, or post-doctoral researcher within 4 years of submitting your thesis. Researchers from any country can apply. Priority will be given to researchers in less-advantaged positions in terms of the research environment and infrastructure available to them and in terms of their financial situation. If you would like to be considered for a bursary, please indicate this in your cover letter with some brief justification.


Additional bursaries for students based in the United States may be available pending funding (more information to come in February/March 2013). Information about bursaries for the main TISLR conference will be announced in early 2013 on the TISLR website. The application and consideration procedures for these bursaries will be separate from the summer school bursaries. 


For general enquiries relating to the summer school please contact TISLR11summerschool@gmail.com

Acknowledgements: Funding is provided by DCAL and the COST Action SignGram


Scientific and Educational Coordinator (Language in Interaction Project) (1,0 fte)

Donders Institute, Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging

Maximum salary: € 3,755 gross/month
Vacancy number: 30.01.13
Closing date: 14 February 2013


As a scientific and educational coordinator you will have an important role in supporting the Language in Interaction consortium in the organization of its activities. You will support the alignment of the research in the different work packages of the project by keeping track of the activities and making progress reports. You will check the progress and internal consistency of the Training & Supervision Plans of PhD students at the graduate school, and will have an active role in attracting PhD students at relevant academic fairs and conferences abroad. The coordinator will support the Educational Team of the consortium which is responsible for coordinating and aligning the existing training programmes of participating graduate schools and for developing and implementing new courses dedicated to the content of the consortium's research. Furthermore, you will help organizing all dissemination and PR activities and will be part of the administrative management team.


Work environment
The research consortium Language in Interaction brings together researchers from the humanities and the cognitive sciences who are leading experts in multiple aspects of language and cognition. They come from nine different research institutions in the Netherlands, with complementary expertise in a highly interdisciplinary area of research. The Donders Institute, the Max Planck Institute, the Nijmegen Centre for Language Studies, and the Institute for Language, Logic and Computation at the University of Amsterdam are among the institutes participating in the project.

Recently, the Gravitation programme of the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), which aims to support consortia that belong to the absolute world top in their research field (or have the potential to become part thereof), granted €27.6 million to the Language in Interaction project.

Your workplace will be at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, or more specifically, at its Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging in Nijmegen. The centre currently hosts more than 120 PhD students and postdoctoral researchers from more than 20 different countries, offering a stimulating and multidisciplinary research environment. The centre is equipped with four MRI scanners (7T, 3T, 1.5T), a 275-channel MEG system, an EEG-TMS laboratory, several (MR-compatible) EEG systems, and high-performance computational facilities. English is the lingua franca at the centre.


What we expect from you
You should hold a Master's or PhD degree in neurosciences or language studies. Excellent organizational and writing skills are essential to fulfill this function successfully. As you will work with professionals who might have strong opinions, persuasion is an important quality. You are expected to work proactively and in a result-oriented manner. A positive, service-oriented attitude is your second nature. You are a team player, socially intelligent, and you show commitment.


What we have to offer:
- employment: 1,0 fte;
- a maximum gross monthly salary of € 3,755 based on a 38-hour working week (salary scale 10);
- in addition to the salary: an 8% holiday allowance and an 8.3% end-of-year bonus;
- duration of the contract: 1 year with the possibility of extension;
- you will be classified as a Project leader, level 1 (Projectleider niveau 1) in the Dutch university job-ranking system (UFO).


Are you interested in our excellent employment conditions?

Would you like to know more? 

Further information on: Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour 

Peter Hagoort
Telephone: +31 24 3610651
E-mail: Peter.Hagoort@donders.ru.nl



Please submit an application letter defining your research interests, a CV, and the names of two persons who can provide references. It is Radboud University Nijmegen's policy to only accept applications by e-mail. Please send your application, stating vacancy number 30.01.13, to vacatures@dpo.ru.nl, for the attention of Prof. dr. Peter Hagoort, before 14 February 2013. 

For more information on the application procedure: +31 24 3611173 

Call For Papers--Frontiers in Psychology, Research Topic "Mind what you say - general and specific mechanisms for monitoring in speech production"

In collaboration with Frontiers in Psychology, we are currently organizing a Research Topic, "Mind what you say - general and specific mechanisms for monitoring in speech production." We welcome contributions from SNL members. 


The proposed structure of this Research Topic is provided below:

Host Specialty: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 

Research Topic Title: Mind what you say - general and specific mechanisms for monitoring in speech production 

Topic Editor(s): Greig de Zubicaray, Daniel Acheson, Robert Hartsuiker 

Description: Psycholinguistic research has typically portrayed speech production as a relatively automatic process. This is because when errors are made, they occur as seldom as one in every thousand words we utter. However, it has long been recognised that we need some form of control over what we are currently saying and what we plan to say. This capacity to both monitor our inner speech and self-correct our speech output has often been assumed to be a property of the language comprehension system. More recently, it has been demonstrated that speech production benefits from interfacing with more general cognitive processes such as selective attention, short-term memory (STM) and online response monitoring to resolve potential conflict and successfully produce the output of a verbal plan. The conditions and levels of representation according to which these more general planning, monitoring and control processes are engaged during speech production remain poorly understood. Moreover, there remains a paucity of information about their neural substrates, despite some of the first evidence of more general monitoring having come from electrophysiological studies of error related negativities (ERNs). While aphasic speech errors continue to be a rich source of information, there has been comparatively little research focus on instances of speech repair. The purpose of this Frontiers Research Topic is to provide a forum for researchers to contribute investigations employing behavioural, neuropsychological, electrophysiological, neuroimaging and virtual lesioning techniques. In addition, while the focus of the research topic is on novel findings, we welcome submission of computational simulations, review articles and methods papers.

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 2, 2013
Article Submission Deadline: June 1, 2013

Frontiers Research Topics are designed to be an organized, encyclopedic coverage of a particular research area, and a forum for discussion and debate. Contributions can be of different article types (Original Research, Methods, Hypothesis & Theory, and others). Our Research Topic has a dedicated homepage on the Frontiers website, where contributing articles are accumulated and discussions can be easily held. Once all articles are published, the topic will be compiled into an e-book, which can be sent to foundations that fund your research, to journalists and press agencies, and to any number of other organizations. As the ultimate reference source from leading scientists, Frontiers Research Topic articles become highly cited.

Frontiers is a Swiss-based, open access publisher. As such an article accepted for publication incurs a publishing fee, which varies depending on the article type. The publishing fee for accepted articles is below average compared to most other open access journals - and lower than subscription-based journals that apply page and color figure charges. Moreover, for Research Topic articles, the publishing fee is discounted quite steeply thanks to the support of the Frontiers Research Foundation. Details on Frontiers' fees can be found at http://www.frontiersin.org/about/PublishingFees

When published, your article will be freely available to visitors to the Frontiers site, and will be indexed in PubMed and other academic archives. As an author in Frontiers, you will retain the copyright to your own paper and all figures.

For more information about this topic and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, please visit: 

Should you choose to participate, please confirm by sending us a quick email via the link above and then your abstract no later than February 2, 2013.
Guest Associate Editors, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (www.frontiersin.org



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