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Preparations for the 5th Annual Society for the Neurobiology of Language Conference are kicking into high gear!  The Conference is an exciting opportunity to meet and reconnect with colleagues from around the globe, while learning about the latest research in the specialized field of the neurobiology of language.  This year's venue, the Westin San Diego, is located in the heart of the city and is home to more than 200 restaurants, coffeehouses and nightclubs.  


Notices of Accepted Abstracts

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Student Volunteer Opportunity

Student (pre-doctoral) volunteers are needed at the conference, to assist in a variety of  jobs, including preparing attendee packets, monitoring meeting room doors, checking in pre-registrants, and answering questions at the Registration Desk. Being a student volunteer is a great way to save money. For only six hours of work, students will receive free registration.


Student volunteer applications are being accepted through Friday, August 30th.  All student volunteers must be SNL members. For more information on how to apply, go to Volunteer Application.


Discounted Early Registration

Register now to receive the lowest rate for SNL 2013. Discounted Early Registration is available from now through September 10th.  On September 11th, registration fees will increase.


Call for Nominations

The nomination period for the 2014 Board of Directors is just around the corner.  This is an one of many ways for members to actively participate in making SNL a successful, rewarding Society.   Click here to view the current Board.


 Hotel Reservations

Reserve your hotel room right away.  SNL has negotiated discounted room rates at the Westin San Diego.  The reduced rates are available until October 6th, OR until the rooms are sold out!  Don't get caught without a room, make your reservations now.


SNL Membership

SNL members receive preferred Conference rates as well as the opportunity to actively participate in the Society. To renew your SNL membership, click here

Important Dates 


Notices of Accepted Abstracts Sent

August 17, 2013


Student Volunteer Applications Due

August 30, 2013


 September 10, 2013


Discounted Hotel Reservations

October 6, 2013

(subject to availability)


SNL 2013

 November 6-8, 2013

San Diego, California, USA



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Call For Papers--"Multisensory And Sensorimotor Interactions In Speech Perception"

We welcome contributions to our Frontiers Research Topic: "Multisensory and sensorimotor interactions in speech perception"


Topic Editors:

Kaisa Tiippana, University of Helsinki, Finland

Jean-Luc Schwartz, CNRS, France

Riikka Mottonen, University of Oxford, United Kingdom 


Deadline for abstract submission: 01 Oct 2013

Deadline for full article submission: 03 Feb 2014



Speech is multisensory since it is perceived through several senses. Audition is the most important one as speech is mostly heard. The role of vision has long been acknowledged since many articulatory gestures can be seen on the talker's face. Sometimes speech can even be felt by touching the face. The best-known multisensory illusion is the McGurk effect, where incongruent visual articulation changes the auditory percept. The interest in the McGurk effect arises from a major general question in multisensory research: How is information from different senses combined? Despite decades of research, a conclusive explanation for the illusion remains elusive. This is a good demonstration of the challenges in the study of multisensory integration.


Speech is special in many ways. It is the main means of human communication, and a manifestation of a unique language system. It is a signal with which all humans have a lot of experience. We are exposed to it from birth, and learn it through development in face-to-face contact with others. It is a signal that we can both perceive and produce. The role of the motor system in speech perception has been debated for a long time. Despite very active current research, it is still unclear to which extent, and in which role, the motor system is involved in speech perception. Recent evidence shows that brain areas involved in speech production are activated during listening to speech and watching a talker's articulatory gestures. Speaking involves coordination of articulatory movements and monitoring their auditory and somatosensory consequences. How do auditory, visual, somatosensory, and motor brain areas interact during speech perception? How do these sensorimotor interactions contribute to speech perception?


It is surprising that despite a vast amount of research, the secrets of speech perception have not yet been solved. The multisensory and sensorimotor approaches provide new opportunities in solving them. Contributions to the research topic are encouraged for a wide spectrum of research on speech perception in multisensory and sensorimotor contexts, including novel experimental findings ranging from psychophysics to brain imaging, theories and models, reviews and opinions.


For more information on how to submit your abstract and manuscript:


Call For Papers-- "The Cognitive And Neural Organisation Of Speech Processing"

In collaboration with Frontiers in Psychology, we are organising a Research Topic titled "The cognitive and neural organisation of speech processing". We welcome contributions from SNL members. 


Title: The cognitive and neural organisation of speech processing


Patti Adank(, Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences, UCL, UK.

Sonja Kotz(,  Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Bran Sciences, Germany.

Carolyn McGettigan (, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, UK.



Abstract on 1 Oct 2013

Article on 1 March 2014



Speech production and perception are some of the most complex actions humans perform. Speech processing is studied across various fields and using a wide variety of research approaches. These fields include, but are not limited to, (socio)linguistics, cognitive psychology, neurophysiology, and cognitive neuroscience. Research approaches range from behavioural studies to neuroimaging techniques such as MEG/EEG and fMRI, as well as neurophysiological approaches, including recording of MEPs, TMS. 


Each of these approaches provides valuable information about specific aspects of speech processing. Behavioural testing can inform about the nature of the cognitive processes involved in speech processing, neuroimaging methods show where (fMRI and MEG) in the brain these processes take place and/or elucidate on the time-course of activation of these brain areas (EEG and MEG), while neurophysiological methods (MEPs and TMS) can assess critical involvement of brain regions in the cognitive process. Yet, what is currently unclear is how speech researchers can combine methods such that a convergent approach adds to theory/model formulation, above and beyond the contribution of individual component methods? We expect that such combinations of approaches will significantly forward theoretical development in the field. 


Researchers in speech science are starting to converge methods. For instance, TMS and fMRI have been combined to establish the functional localisation and specific functional role in naming in aphasia patients, and manipulation of speech production has been used to test hypotheses about the neural organisation of speech perception. We think these combinations of approaches are extremely interesting and would welcome a discussion on how research methods can best be combined and used in the development of models of speech processing that make predictions about the cognitive processes and neural substrates associated with listening and speaking. 


This research topic explores the cognitive and neural organisation of speech processing, including speech production and perception at the level of individual speech sounds, syllables, words, and sentences. We invite original research and review articles covering these topics in the context of human studies, with a view to further elucidate the neural and cognitive mechanisms that together make up the human speech processing system. Although we are especially interested in papers that report on research using convergent methods to study speech processing, with the aim of constructing a theory/model of speech processing, any submission that can make a link to our central theme is welcome. Our goal is to use findings from a variety of disciplines, perspectives, and approaches to gain a more complete picture of the organisation of speech processing.


The idea behind a research topic is to create an organised, comprehensive collection of several contributions, as well as a forum for discussion and debate. Contributions can be articles describing original research, methods, hypothesis & theory, opinions, etc.


We have created a homepage on the Frontiers website (section "Frontiers in Human Neuroscience") where all articles will appear after peer-review and where participants in the topic will be able to hold relevant discussions, see here also for more informaitons and information on how to submit an abstract:


Autumn School--Methods For Studying Sentence Comprehension, Nov 14-17, Trento, Italy

Methods in language comprehension: New methods for studying sentence comprehension in Cognitive Science, Behavioral Science and Neuroscience.  Rovereto, Italy, November 14-17, 2013. University of Trento


Applications are now open for a four-day autumn school that will cover new methods of data analysis in sentence comprehension and expose participants to cutting-edge methods for analyzing language data collected with behavioral and neuroscientific methods.  The school's instructors are experts in corpus based analysis, EEG, ERP and fMRI methods as applied to complex language inputs.  Each will present a theoretical module and either supervise data analysis sessions or discuss data analysis issues.  The target audience is graduate students and post-docs involved in studying language comprehension using corpus-based tools, electrophysiology, fMRI or combinations of these techniques. 


Extended information on the program, costs, application procedures and deadlines is available on the school's website:



1.  Marcel Bastiaansen (Breda University & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)

2.  Stefan Frank  (Radboud University & University College London)

3.  Gina Kuperberg (Tufts University & Massachusetts General Hospital)

4.  Jeremy Skipper (Hamilton College & University College London)


Organizing Committee (from the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Sciences and the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences: CIMeC of the University of Trento): Giovanna Egidi, Uri Hasson, Remo Job, Francesco Vespignani, and Roberto Zamparelli.


Call For Papers--"The Metaphorical Brain" 

 We are currently organizing a Research Topic at Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, and we welcome contributions from SNL members.


Research Topic Title: The Metaphorical Brain

Topic Editors: Vicky T. Lai, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands, Seana Coulson, University of California at San Diego, USA


Description: Metaphor has been an issue of intense research and debate for decades. Researchers in various disciplines, including linguistics, psychology, computer science, education, and philosophy have developed a variety of theories, and much progress has been made. For one, metaphor is no longer considered a rhetorical flourish that is found mainly in literary texts. Rather, linguists have shown that metaphor is a pervasive phenomenon in everyday language, a major force in the development of new word meanings, and the source of at least some grammatical function words. Indeed, one of the most influential theories of metaphor involves the suggestion that the commonality of metaphoric language results because cross-domain mappings are a major determinant in the organization of semantic memory, as cognitive and neural resources for dealing with concrete domains are recruited for the conceptualization of more abstract ones. Researchers in cognitive neuroscience have explored whether particular kinds of brain damage are associated with metaphor production and comprehension deficits, and whether similar brain regions are recruited when healthy adults understand the literal and metaphorical meanings of the same words. Whereas early research on this topic focused on the issue of the role of hemispheric asymmetry in the comprehension and production of metaphors, in recent years cognitive neuroscientists have argued that metaphor is not a monolithic category, and that metaphor processing varies as a function of numerous factors, including the novelty or conventionality of a particular metaphoric expression, its part of speech, and the extent of contextual support for the metaphoric meaning. Moreover, recent developments in cognitive neuroscience point to a sensorimotor basis for many concrete concepts, and raise the issue of whether these mechanisms are ever recruited to process more abstract domains.


In order to promote the development of the neuroscientific investigation of metaphor, this Frontiers Research Topic aims at bringing together contributions from researchers in cognitive neuroscience and related fields, whose work involves the study of metaphor in language and thought. Specifically, this special issue will adopt an interdisciplinary perspective on the cognitive and neural basis of metaphor production and comprehension. Here, an important focal point will be to characterize the underlying processes and mechanisms involved in metaphoric language and identify their relationship, if any, to those involved in the organization of semantic memory. For this Research Topic, we, therefore, solicit original research articles, reviews, opinion and method papers, that investigate the cognitive neuroscience of metaphor. While focusing on work in the neurosciences, this Research Topic also welcomes contributions in the form of behavioral studies, psychophysiological investigations, methodological innovations, computational approaches, along with developmental and patient studies that revisit established findings and explore new questions about the neural basis of metaphor.


This Frontiers Special Issue will synthesize current findings on the cognitive neuroscience of metaphor, provide a forum for voicing novel perspectives, and promote new insights into the metaphorical brain.


Deadline for abstract submission: 01 Sep 2013

Deadline for full article submission: 01 Apr 2014


For more information and for submitting your abstract, please visit:


International Conference on Multilingualism:  Linguistic Challenges and Neurocognitive Mechanisms 

24-25 October 2013 (Thursday and Friday)

Hosted by McGill University in Montreal, Canada

Conference Website:


The conference examines recent advances in our understanding of multilingualism, including simultaneous bilingualism, language learning mechanisms, sign language, transfer effects, brain plasticity and critical periods, providing a critical overview of current developments in this field. Another important goal of this conference is to facilitate and inspire the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas among researchers and students from different backgrounds, and to promote collaborative research projects in the future. 


Invited Speakers:

Manuel Carreiras (BCBL, Spain)

Harald Clahsen (University of Potsdam)

Holger Hopp (University of Mannheim)

Sonja Kotz (University of Manchester + MPI)

Rachel Mayberry (University of California, San Diego)

Silvina Montrul (University of Illinois)

Eric Pakulak (University of Oregon)

Elin Thordardottir (McGill University)


The conference is also part of a number of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders (SCSD) at McGill. You will have opportunities to visit the research facilities of the School as well as the interdisciplinary Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music that brings together top scientists from all four universities in Montreal.


Last but not least - Montreal is one of the most vibrant multilingual cities in the world !   You may wish to stay an extra day or two to experience 'applied multilingualism', Montreal's famous cuisine, and the city's multi-faceted cultural life.


For further information please visit our Conference Website:


51st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia, Lucerne, Switzerland

This year marks the 51st Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia which will be held in Lucerne, Switzerland from October 20-22, 2013.


We are pleased to announce that Stanislas Dehaene will be this year's luncheon speaker. Dr. Dehaene is Professor and Chair of Experimental Cognitive Psychology at the College dč France and Director of the INSERM-CEA Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit in France.  Further information about Dr. Dehaene can be found at:


The meeting will be held at Hotel Continental Park in Lucerne, Switzerland.

For more information about the conference location, please refer to the Academy website:  Information will be posted as it becomes available. 



Faculty & Instructor Positions


Assistant Professor Position--University of California, Irvine

The Department of Cognitive Sciences ( at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is seeking applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor faculty position, Assistant Professor in Language. We seek candidates who combine a strong background in theoretical linguistics (including phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics) with the empirical, developmental, or computational study of language (e.g., psycholinguistic, computational and mathematical modeling, or neurolinguistic approaches).


The successful candidate will interact with a dynamic and growing community in cognitive, computational, neural, and developmental sciences within the Department, the Center for Language Science, and the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. Individuals whose interests mesh with those of the current faculty and who will contribute to the university's active role in interdisciplinary research and teaching initiatives will be given preference.


Interested candidates should apply online at: with a cover letter indicating primary research and teaching interests, CV, three recent publications, and three letters of recommendation.


Application review will commence on November 1, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.


The University of California has an active career partners program, is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to excellence through diversity, and has an Advance (NSF) program for gender equity.


Canada Research Chair Tier II Appointment--Department of Psychology, Queen's University

The Department of Psychology at Queen's University invites applications for a Tier II Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Cognitive Neuroimaging.  The appointment will be a tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor. Information about the CRC program can be found at The starting date is 1 January  2015, or as soon as possible thereafter. Applications will be accepted until 30 September 2013, or until the position is filled.


We seek an outstanding researcher who uses neuroimaging to investigate the neural mechanisms underlying human thought processes in any area of learning, memory, attention, language, motor control, perception, or decision-making. Expertise in state-of-the-art analysis methods would be considered to be a strong asset. Queen's has a 3T Siemens Trio MRI facility that is dedicated to research and the Department has excellent facilities for interdisciplinary research through its links with the Queen's Centre for Neuroscience Studies, the Queen's Biological Communication Laboratory, and the High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory.


The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, cognitive science or a related discipline. The successful candidate must have a high-quality research program and will be expected to provide first-rate instruction within our undergraduate and graduate programs, and to supervise undergraduate and graduate students. Decisions will be made on the basis of demonstrated research and teaching excellence, complementarity of research interests with existing strengths, and potential for effective collegial service. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.  The academic staff at Queen's are governed by a collective agreement between Queen's University Faculty Association (QUFA) and the University, which is posted at


The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen's University is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.


Please send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, copies of recent publications, and letters from three referees to Dr. R. Beninger, Head, Department of Psychology, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6.  Tel (613) 533-2492; fax (613) 533-2499; e-mail:


Open-Rank Position in Higher-Level Language Processes--Department of Psychology and Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh 

The Department of Psychology and the Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC) at the University of Pittsburgh seek to fill an open-rank position in higher-level language processes, pending budgetary approval. Applicants are expected to currently hold appointments as Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, although applications from post-doctoral non-faculty researchers are welcome.


The Psychology Department ( is committed to excellence in research and in teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The Department has 36 tenure-stream faculty and houses five graduate training programs: Biological and Health, Clinical, Cognitive, Developmental, and Social, as well as cross-program training opportunities. The interdisciplinary nature of psychological science is reflected in both faculty research interests and training opportunities afforded to graduate students.


LRDC ( is an interdisciplinary research center that brings together researchers from several disciplines (e.g., Psychology, Education, Computer Science) whose work on human cognition and learning, effective schooling and training, and educational policy includes laboratory (behavioral, ERP, eye-tracking, MEG, and fMRI) and classroom settings. LRDC is committed to both basic and applied research that connects to the cognitive, motivational, and social bases of learning, and to the use of research in improving education practice and policy.


The successful candidate will demonstrate a rigorous research program in language and/or reading, broadly construed. This research program should complement LRDC's current research programs in basic and comparative (cross-language) reading processes, vocabulary learning, sentence comprehension, second language learning, language-based reasoning, and language in learning technology (


The specific research area is open and might include reading/higher-level language, the role of language/reading processes in reasoning, problem-solving or argumentation. Research that includes a computational approach to language/reading, a strong quantitative emphasis, or a focus on minority language learners is especially welcome. Specific teaching areas are flexible, but a commitment to effective teaching is required.


Applicants should apply electronically by sending a cover letter, CV, statement of research and teaching interests, and up to three papers to In addition, three letters of recommendation should be sent to this email address with the applicant's last name and the word "recommendation" in the subject line.


Review of applications will begin immediately, with applications completed by October 15, 2013 receiving full consideration.


Inquiries regarding the position can be addressed to the co-chairs of the search committee, Natasha Tokowicz ( and Tessa Warren ( Please include the word "search" in the subject line.


The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.



Postdoctoral Positions


Postdoctoral Position--Duke University

Applications are invited for post-doctoral positions using cognitive behavioral and neuroimaging (fMRI) methods to study cognitive changes in people with vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  Individuals will work with Drs. Heather Whitson, David Madden, Nan-Kuei Chen, Michele Diaz, and/or Guy Potter.   


Our primary research goals are to understand the cognitive processes that underlie poor verbal fluency in patients with AMD and to shed light on the reason(s) for cognitive impairment in this population.  We will obtain data from persons with AMD as well as age-matched control subjects, and we will examine the relationship between cognitive behavior and measures of resting-state functional connectivity and white matter integrity among certain regions in the brain.  State-of-the-art scanning and data analysis facilities are available and proximally located. 


This position will provide exposure to multidisciplinary, translational neuroscience and clinical research.  The ideal post-doc candidate would have a strong background in MRI data analysis and programming and/or cognitive neuroscience research (particularly involving language or visual pathways).  Candidates with experience in both MRI research as well as cognitive neuroscience are especially encouraged to apply.  The ability to communicate effectively with a multi-disciplinary team of investigators, staff, and participants is essential. Salary will be determined by the current NIH postdoctoral scale. 


To apply, please send a statement of research interests/experience, CV, sample publications, and at least 3 references to Dr. Heather Whitson ( Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 


Duke is an Equal-Opportunity/Affirmative-Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Postdoctoral Fellowship--Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Johns Hopkins University

The JHU Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to play a leading role in  behavioral and functional neuroimaging studies concerning a newly-discovered form of reading impairment in which visual perception is normal, except that letters and/or digits appear so blurred or distorted that they cannot be identified.  The research will focus on identifying the cognitive and neural underpinnings of the reading impairment; exploring the implications of the deficit for understanding normal reading, visual perception, and visual awareness; and developing effective rehabilitation methods. The fellow will work under the supervision of Dr. Michael McCloskey.  Starting date is flexible within the period July 2013 through January 2014. Funding is available for two years, contingent upon satisfactory performance.


Candidates are expected to have substantial experience with fMRI methods in cognitive neuroscience of vision and/or reading.  Knowledge of multivariate analysis methods is a plus, as is knowledge about reading processes and reading deficits, experience with behavioral research involving cognitively impaired individuals, and experience with design of ERP experiments.  


To apply, please send a CV, a statement of research interests and experience, 3 letters of recommendation, and up to 3 article reprints/preprints to  Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. 


The Johns Hopkins University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer, and actively encourages applications from minorities and women.


Speech and Brain Research Group, Oxford

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Speech and Brain Research Group, Oxford

Job Number 108048

Grade 7: Ł29,541 - 36,298 pa


The post-holder will work with Dr. Riikka Möttönen in a Medical Research Council funded project "Imaging sensorimotor interactions during speech communication". The research project investigates neural basis of speech communication using brain imaging (MEG and fMRI) and brain stimulation (TMS, tDCS) techniques.


Candidates should hold (or be about to obtain) a doctoral degree in neuroscience, psychology or in a related field. They should also have a strong background in cognitive neuroscience research and an interest in neural basis of speech communication. Prior experience with at least one of the neuroimaging methods used (MEG or functional MRI) will be necessary. Experience with brain stimulation (TMS or tDCS) will be advantageous. Applicants should be able to work independently as well as co-operate with other members of the research team.


Informal enquiries can be sent to:

The position is available from 1st September 2013 for one year (with a possible extension for a further 12 months). The starting date is flexible.

Closing date: Midday on 19 July 2013.


Postdoctoral Positions--Cognitive Neuroscience And Neurorehabilitation, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute

Three-year NIH-funded fellowships are available at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), for research training in cognitive and motor neuroscience and neurorehabilitation. This program is designed to prepare young investigators to adapt emerging theoretical advances to the development of rehabilitation treatments. Available mentors conduct patient-oriented research using approaches that utilize behavioral, computational, imaging, electrophysiologic, and electrical and pharmacologic neuromodulation methods. We welcome applications from individuals with a doctorate in psychology, cognitive science, communication science, kinesiology, movement science, or human neuroscience, who wish to learn to apply basic science principles to the study and treatment of behavioral and brain deficits in adult neurological patients. Applicants must have a track record in research and an interest in developing an independent research career. 


More details, including a list of available mentors, are available at: 


Applications should be submitted to Kevin Whelihan, Research Administrator, ( ) and must include:

- a current CV

- a cover letter describing research interests and career goals. Given the translational focus of the training program, applicants should indicate a preferred primary mentor and, if possible, one or more secondary mentors who appear to offer the best fit in balancing basic and applied aspects of the candidate's interests.

- 2-3 letters of reference


Postdoctoral Position--Cognitive Modeling, CNRS & Aix-Marseille Université

Applications are invited for a post-doc position on cognitive modeling funded by a European Research Council Starting Grant led by F.-Xavier Alario.



The 5-year project LIPS examines the cognitive and neural mechanisms involved in lexical information processing.  The project combines theoretical cognitive psychology with mental chronometry and neurophysiological (EEG/MEG) recordings.


The person hired will be responsible for developing and implementing quantitative models of response selection. The primary duties will involve designing computational and statistical models and simulations that lead to testable predictions, as well as disseminating findings through journal articles and conference presentations.



The candidates must have (1) A PhD degree obtained in a relevant field of research, (2) solid demonstrable scientific expertise (i.e. published articles in international scientific journals), (3) experience in quantitative models of cognitive processing, especially pertaining to response selection or decision making (or other comparable models),  (4) extensive programming skills in {R | Matlab | Python | ...}.

The ideal candidates are highly motivated and creative individuals, capable of working independently and in groups.  Previous experience with language processing research is not a requirement, a stated interest for language research is a plus. The working language is English.



The group offers a rich and stimulating research environment, with strong cross-disciplinary interactions and active international collaborations, in which the selected candidate can expect to participate.  For further information, please visit


This position is based in Marseille / Aix-en-Provence.  It is intended to start on September 1st, 2013, but the date is negotiable.

The position is full time, for 12+12 months, with a gross salary between 30,000 and 43,000 EUR per year (depending on training & experience) including social benefits and health insurance.



Please visit

Postdoctoral Position--Boston/Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School 

The Gaab Lab and ( at the Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children's Hospital (Developmental Medicine Center) invites applications for a NIH funded post-doctoral associate in the area of developmental cognitive neuroscience/pediatric fMRI. 


Available resources include a 3.0T MRI scanner, a child-friendly Mock scanner and analysis platforms based in MATLAB/UNIX. The candidate will be expected to oversee pediatric and infant (f)MRI experiments, analyze behavioral and fMRI data, prepare manuscripts for publication, and participate in conferences.


The NIH and foundation funded projects will focus on language processing in autism, neural and behavioral pre-markers of developmental dyslexia in infants and pre-reading children as well as typical reading and language development throughout childhood. The successful applicant should have a doctoral degree in a field related to developmental cognitive neuroscience (e.g., cognitive neuroscience, neuroscience, psychology, developmental psychology, medicine). Individuals with a background in electrical engineering, biomedical engineering or computer science will also be considered. The successful applicant must possess excellent English verbal and written communication skills. Applicants are expected to have a very strong research background in the design and statistical analysis of functional brain-imaging experiments. Experience with one of the fMRI analyses programs (SPM, FSL, Freesurfer) a must. Programming skills (MATLAB, C++; Python) are desirable and experience with MVPA or connectivity analyses a plus. Experience with pediatric functional neuroimaging and language and reading research are useful. Approximate start date is Summer/Early Fall 2013 (the earlier the better). Successful applicants will be appointed at Children's Hospital Boston and Harvard Medical School.


For consideration please send a statement of interest, a CV and a list of three potential referees via email to Nadine Gaab, PhD ( The search will continue until the position is filled. 


Two Postdoctoral Fellow Positions--College of Education and Human Development, The University of Delaware  

We are seeking two full time postdoctoral fellows to participate in our new Institute of Education Sciences (IES) postdoctoral training program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Two appointments will begin in the fall of 2013, with additional appointments in following years. These postdoctoral fellowships present a unique opportunity to participate in a peer-approved program designed to support the development of excellent scholars in education research.  Fellows will receive rigorous, interdisciplinary training in one or more of the following areas:mathematical development and learning, language acquisition and literacy, learning disabilities,and methodological approaches to the study of learning and development. Our postdoctoral program targets competencies related content in education and cognitive science, research methods, practical knowledge, and outreach to train the next generation of education researchers.  Specific research projects will be based upon the joint interests of the fellow and the faculty mentor(s).  


The program brings together a multi-disciplinary research team, including faculty members with expertise in mathematics development and learning disabilities, spatial learning, language and literacy, intervention design, and quantitative methods. The core team includes Dr. Nancy Jordan, Dr. Roberta Golinkoff, and Dr. Henry May, who will serve as primary mentors for the fellows.  


The appointments will begin in September 2013. Applicants must possess their doctoral degree before that date.  All qualified U.S. citizens and permanent residents with doctoral degrees in relevant disciplines (e.g., education, psychology, cognitive science, quantitative research methods) will be considered. Salary is set by IES at $52,500 annually plus benefits. Additionally, each fellow will receive an annual research and travel allowance of $9,500. 


To Apply: Applicants should send the following materials to Dr. Nancy Jordan at (1) A letter of interest detailing the applicant's graduation date, research interests, and areas of competence along with short- and long-term career goals; (2) Curriculum vitae; (3) Contact information for three references; and (4) Reprints, preprints, or other scholarly writing samples. The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer, which encourages applications from minority group members and women. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http: //


AdvancedDegreeAdvanced Degree Programs


Two PhD Positions--Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (BCBL), San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain

The offered positions comprise 4-year contracts as PhD students in the areas of:

1) Multilingual language comprehension (under the supervision of Dr. Jon Andoni Duńabeitia) ref. 32123.

2) Lexical access across modalities: signed and spoken language processing (under the supervision of Dr. Manuel Carreiras) ref. 31448.


Individuals interested in these PhD positions should have:

- a strong theoretical and methodological background in cognitive neuroscience or experimental psychology with a special focus on psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas.

- a good level of written and spoken English.

- experience working with a sign language and a command of (or a willingness to learn) LSE (for project ref. 31448)


For both positions, research experience in the domain of multilingualism and/or language comprehension, especially with neuroimaging techniques, will be an asset. Possession of a Master degree in the area of psycholinguistics or cognitive sciences (or any other related area) is highly recommended and will be positively valued.

According to standard Spanish regulations, the salary for each position will be around 1200 euros per month. The positions will also be eligible to apply for grants for short-term stays abroad. As the BCBL is a research center, PhD positions do not involve any teaching duties.


Candidates should contact Ana Fernández ( before August 31st, 2013, attaching a detailed CV, a brief expression of interest and the contact details of two referees who could provide letters of recommendation. Please remember to indicate whether the application corresponds to area (1), (2) or both (giving the reference numbers provided above). Once initial contact has been established and a first round of internal evaluations of the applications has been carried out, the supervisors will contact the candidates directly with further instructions.

*Deadline August 31st, 2013*

The BCBL ( is a multidisciplinary center that promotes a rich research environment, providing access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques (3-T MRI, NiRS, eyetracking, MEG and EEG labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs).

Doctoral Training--The Erasmus Mundus Program "International Doctorate for Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain" (IDEALAB) 

The Erasmus Mundus Program has been established as an outstanding 3-year doctoral training. Its primary focus is on language acquisition and disorders integrating interdisciplinary approaches.


Application will be open from September to November 15th 2013 to start the programme in September 2014.


Four European universities  (Potsdam (GER),Groningen (NL), Newcastle- upon-Tyne (GB), Trento/Rovereto (IT)) and one non-European university (Macquarie University Sydney (AU)) provide an intellectual environment for original and independent research on experimental and clinical aspects of language and the brain.  Associated members from Research & Development industries contribute in various ways to the program and stimulate an innovative environment. They are potential co-supervisors and are involved in training.  Finally, there are seven clinics associated to the consortium, amongst others the non-European rehabilitation center in Moscow which is the world's largest centre for language disorders in the world. The associated clinics provide internships to study unimpaired as well as impaired language of children and adults.


The program is jointly offered by a transnational consortium with an integrated study program along with required mobility between the participating institutions. The mobility plan of each individual young researcher is tailored according to the particular specialities required by the thesis topic.


The application period ends on November 15, 2013.  Information can be found at our website:


For further inquiries, please contact:

Anja Papke

University of Potsdam

Department of Linguistics

Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 24-25

14476 Potsdam

Tel. +49 331 977-2747

Fax  +49 331 977-2095


ResearchAssistantResearch Assistant Positions


Research Assistant Position--Duke University

Applications are invited for a post-baccalaureate position using behavioral and neuroimaging (fMRI) methods to study cognitive changes in people with vision loss due to age-related macular degeneration (AMD).  Individuals will work with Drs. Heather Whitson, David Madden, Michele Diaz, and/or Guy Potter. 


Our primary research goals are to understand the cognitive processes that underlie poor verbal fluency in patients with AMD and to shed light on the reason(s) for cognitive impairment in this population.  We will enroll people with AMD as well as age-matched control subjects.  We will examine the relationship between cognitive behavior and measures of functional connectivity and white matter integrity among certain regions in the brain.  State-of-the-art scanning and data analysis facilities are available and proximally located.  The job will involve communicating with patients in person and by telephone, administering neurocognitive batteries and other study questionnaires, scheduling and assisting with scanning sessions (MRI), and data entry and management.


The ideal candidate would have a background in cognitive neuroscience and be able to commit to at least 2 years of employment.  We welcome experience with programming and/or fMRI data analysis. The ability to coordinate components of the research project and to communicate effectively with investigators, staff, and participants is essential.  


To apply, please send a brief statement of your research interests, experience, and goals as well as a CV and at least 3 references to Dr. Heather Whitson (  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Duke is an Equal-Opportunity/Affirmative-Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.


Lab Manager/Research Assistant Position--Cognitive Neuroscience, Arizona State University

A research assistant/lab manager position will soon be available in the newly formed Communication Neuroimaging and Neuroscience Laboratory (CoNiLab) at Arizona State University, directed by Dr. Corianne Rogalsky. This position is an exciting opportunity to be an integral part of a new research lab. Our research will be devoted to the cognitive neuroscience of language and music in the healthy and damaged brain, using techniques including fMRI, DTI, neuropsychological testing, and high-resolution lesion mapping.


Responsibilities will include administrative management of the lab, behavioral and fMRI data collection, contacting and scheduling research participants, managing institutional review board (IRB) protocols, and data scoring and analysis. There will be ample opportunities to be heavily involved in fMRI and behavioral experiment design/programming, fMRI and DTI analyses, and lesion-symptom mapping analyses. Responsibilities will also initially include setting up computers, equipment, and procedures in the new lab. This requires an applicant with strong initiative to problem solve, be self-sufficient, and efficiently multitask.


Requirements include spoken and written proficiency in English, a minimum of a bachelor-level degree (e.g., BA or BS), preferably in psychology, neuroscience, computer science, or a related field, and willingness to make a 2-year commitment. Strong interpersonal skills and an ability to effectively recruit and work with participants (including special populations), and other members of the lab are essential. Preference will be given to applicants who also are proficient with the linux computing environment, are familiar with Matlab, and/or have experience with neuroimaging analysis software such as AFNI or FSL.


The CoNi Lab is situated in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science at ASU.  ASU is located in Tempe, Arizona, in the metropolitan Phoenix area, which has a thriving neuroscience and neuroimaging community including the Mayo Clinic, Barrow Neurological Institute, and the brand new Imaging Center at Banner Alzheimer's Institute. Tempe features 330 days of sunshine a year.


Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The preferred start date is September 1st, but later start dates will also be considered.  If interested, please email a cover letter (including a description of research interests, qualifications, future goals, and available start date), a CV, and contact information for two references to

Arizona State University is an equal opportunity employer.


NLC2012SNL 2013

San Diego, California, USA 

November 6 - 8, 2013

San Diego by Night


Society for the Neurobiology of Language

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