February 2014







Dear Members and Friends of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language,


The 2014 Annual Meeting of our Society will take place in Amsterdam (the Netherlands) at the end of August. It promises to be an exciting meeting in a vibrant city. Our meeting venue is an historic building in the heart of Amsterdam, only a 5 minute walk from the main railway station with direct connections to the airport. We are looking forward to your submissions, both for posters and for the symposium. This is the first time that we will have a symposium in our program. Soon we will be able to reveal the topic and the participants in this year's discussion panel. I am very proud of the excellent list of keynote speakers, all central figures in their fields of research and great speakers. But, the bread and butter of our meeting will be your presentations. I hope you will submit your exciting new findings to the program of our meeting. I am looking forward to welcoming you in Amsterdam later this year.


Peter Hagoort

President SNL

Chair of the 2014 Program Committee



Keynote Speakers SNL 2014


Prof.dr. Willem Levelt, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Topic lecture: Neurobiology of Language from a historical perspective


Prof.dr. Constance Scharff, Institute for Biology, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany

Topic lecture: Songbirds as model for Neurobiology of Language


Prof.dr. Pascal Fries, Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience, Frankfurt, Germany

Lecture title: Brain rhythms for bottom-up and top-down signalling


Prof.dr. Mike Tomasello, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

Topic Lecture: The cognitive infrastructure for human communication


CallforAbstractsCall for Abstracts & Symposia 


The Society for the Neurobiology of Language is accepting abstracts and symposium proposals for the 2014 SNL Annual Meeting in Amsterdam. The submissions deadline is Friday, May 2, 2014 (midnight latest time zone on earth). Accepted abstracts will be organized into poster and slide sessions by the SNL Program Committee. For details on the submissions process, please visit our website.


To submit an abstract, you must first create an SNL account or log into your existing account and renew your membership.


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HotelReservationsHotel Reservations

For the convenience of our conference attendees, SNL has arranged special room rates at three different hotels--all conveniently located within close walking distance of the Beurs van Berlage. The hotels range in price from €95 to €170.  For more information on the hotels, please check the SNL website. To receive the discounted conference rates, attendees must book their reservations through Beurs van Berlage Hotelservice.


Amsterdam is a popular tourist destination, so please make your reservations early!

Important Dates 


Registration Open

March 17, 2014


Travel Award Applications Accepted

April 17, 2014


Submissions Close

May 2, 2014 


SNL 2014

 August 27-29, 2014

Amsterdam, Netherlands



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Hotel Reservations






 Job Postings & Announcements 

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Scientific Meetings & Calls for Papers


ESCOP Summer School--The Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (July 14-19th, 2014, San Sebastian)

The Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language is pleased to announce the ESCOP summerschool on language.

The overarching goal of the summerschool is to bring together scientists with different perspectives and methodological approaches to the study of language to give an overview of the debates and advances in the field.


The summerschool will be held between July 14th and 19th, 2014 in Donostia - San Sebastian, Spain.


This summerschool has been created to highlight recent advances and new challenges in language research on a wide range of topics including speech perception and production, language acquisition, bilingualism, reading, sign language, etc. and familiarize attendees with cutting edge techniques such as fMRI, MEG, EEG, eyetracking, etc. 



  • Blair Armstrong - BCBL, Spain.
  • Jeffrey R. Binder - Medical College of Wisconsin, USA.
  • Cesar Caballero - BCBL, Spain.
  • Gary S. Dell - University of Illinois, USA.
  • Jon Andoni Duñabeitia - BCBL, Spain.
  • Karen Emmorey - San Diego State University, USA.
  • Gregory S. Hickok - University of California, USA.
  • Emmanuel Keuleers - Ghent University, Belgium.
  • Judith Kroll - Pennsylvania State University, USA.
  • Clara Martin - BCBL, Spain.
  • Nicola Molinaro - BCBL, Spain.
  • Monika Molnar - BCBL, Spain.
  • Pedro (Kepa) Paz-Alonso - BCBL, Spain.
  • David C. Plaut - Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
  • Kim Plunkett - Oxford University, UK.
  • Brenda Rapp - Johns Hopkins University, USA.
  • Arthur Samuel - BCBL, Spain & Stony Brook University, USA.
  • Nuria Sebastian - Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.
  • Guillaume Thierry - Bangor University College, UK.
  • Lorraine K. Tyler - University of Cambridge, UK.

For more information, please visit our website: http://www.bcbl.eu/events/ESCOP-summerschool/en/


We look forward to seeing you in 2014!

ESCOP Summerschool Organizing Committee


Call For Abstracts--Scientific Studies of Reading Special Issue on Computational and Statistical Modeling of Reading Difficulties: Tackling Mechanisms

This special issue aims to highlight state-of-the-science computational and statistical modeling approaches to understanding reading. In the context of this special issue, modeling is viewed as a critical point of contact among disparate research topics and approaches that inform a common understanding of typical and atypical reading development, and identify potential 'levers' for intervention.


Models relevant to understanding reading take a wide variety of forms, including computational or algorithmic models of the processes involved in reading, mathematical models that characterize the impact of different factors on skilled performance, and statistical models that predict outcomes from behavioral, genetic and neuroimaging data. The goals of these different types of model are often pursued in isolation from one another, but we view them as complementary, and hope to emphasize this by bringing together a range of approaches into a single special issue.


As part of this special issue, we envision a host of possible topics and particularly encourage submissions proposing to model reading development utilizing approachesinformed by a combination of behavioral, neurobiological and/or genetic perspectives or data sources. Some examples of possible topics are listed below; note however that these are intended solely as exemplars and are not meant to limit the scope of possible submissions:

  • Computational modeling to connect behavioral and neurobiological data to develop enhanced accounts of mechanisms involved in the development of reading disabilities
  • Statistical modeling to provide new insights into classification of learning disabilities and/or the clarification of constructs relevant to reading outcomes
  • Computational modeling of the acquisition of language for mainstream and/or dialect speakers and its potential as a 'lever' for new instructional approaches for these learners
  • Computational modeling/statistical modeling testing hypotheses regarding the relative emphasis of instructional elements, modeled over time, to guide the development of novel approaches to reading instruction

Abstracts submitted for consideration and corresponding manuscripts should reflect the intent to motivate stronger trans-disciplinary dialogues and collaborations amongst the broader literacy research communities.


Submission and Review Timeline

  • Proposed abstracts including tentative author list due April 22, 2014.
  • Lead authors will be contacted with final determination about submissions by May 6, 2014.
  • First manuscript submissions due late September 2014
  • Final papers due by April 1, 2015
  • Publication January 2016

Proposed Abstracts should be submitted to the special issue editors:

Brett Miller (U.S. National Institutes of Health): [email protected]

Jason Zevin (University of Southern California): [email protected]


International Workshop on Learning and Memory Consolidation (July 10-12th, 2014, San Sebastian)

As part of its wider scientific and knowledge-transfer activities the Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (www.bcbl.eu) is delighted to announce workshop dedicated to the mechanisms of learning and memory consolidation. Our aim is to provide a multidisciplinary platform to discuss the processes of memory formation, with a strong emphasis on the offline neural changes leading to memory stabilization and enhancement. Our hope is to bring together researchers working on these issues at various levels of analysis, i.e., cellular, systemic and behavioural, and with data coming from humans as well as other species.


The International Workshop on Learning and Memory Consolidation is to take place from Thursday, July 10 to Saturday, July 12, 2014, at the Palacio Miramar in Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain.

Invited speakers include:


Prof. Jan Born - Universität Tübingen, Germany

Prof. Michael Hasselmo - Boston University, Massachusetts, USA

Prof. Daniel Margoliash - University of Chicago, Illinois, USA

Prof. Matthew Wilson - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts, USA

Prof. John Wixted - University of California, San Diego, USA


Important dates:

  • Abstract deadline (March 2nd, 2014)
  • Notification of abstract acceptance (March 17th, 2014)
  • Early registration deadline (April 9th, 2014)
  • Online registration deadline (June 22nd, 2014)
  • Conference dates (July 10-12th, 2014)
  • For more information, please visit our website: http://www.bcbl.eu/events/learning/en/
  • We look forward to seeing you in July!
  • Nicolas Dumay and Doug Davidson, Organizers


Faculty Positions


Chair, Physiological Psychology--Department of Psychology and the Focus Area Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Salzburg

The Department of Psychology and the Focus Area Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Salzburg seek to fill the Chair in Physiological Psychology at the tenured full professor level with a focus on research with MEG and EEG. The appointment can be filled as soon as possible.


The University of Salzburg shares with the Christian-Doppler Clinic and the Paracelsus Medical University a Magnetoencophalographic system (MEG) for research purposes in Salzburg. A specific responsibility of the chair will be managing the core-facilities MEG and EEG.


More information: http://www.uni-salzburg.at/psy/jobs


Research Faculty Positions--The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Utrecht University-CUHK Joint Centre for Language, Mind and Brain

Research Faculty (non-tenure-track) and Postdoc positions are available in the Laboratory for Language, Learning, and the Brain at the The Chinese University of Hong Kong (PI: Patrick Wong) and the Utrecht University-CUHK Joint Centre for Language, Mind and Brain.  We welcome individuals from any disciplines whose research addresses aspects of speech, hearing, language, and communication broadly defined.   Candidates with experience in basic and clinical research across the lifespan are all encouraged to apply.  We are particularly interested in broad thinkers with good quantitative skills to join our team.  Candidates with experience in behavioral, neural, and genetic research will all be considered.  


The anticipated start date is July 1 2014, but can be flexible.  


The Chinese University of Hong Kong ranks among top 40 in the world according to QS World University Rankings.  Hong Kong offers a multitude of living possibilities.  


For inquiries, candidates should email CV to Patrick Wong ([email protected]).  Visit

http://brain.cuhk.edu.hk/ for more information about our work. Review of applications will begin immediately.  


Research faculty applicants need to apply formally through the University system; details can be found here: http://www.per.cuhk.edu.hk/jvadm/jv_for_new_site.asp?id=1314/029(737)/2


Postdoc Positions


Postdoc Positions--The Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Utrecht University-CUHK Joint Centre for Language, Mind and Brain

Postdoc positions are available in the Laboratory for Language, Learning, and the Brain at the The Chinese University of Hong Kong (PI: Patrick Wong) and the Utrecht University-CUHK Joint Centre for Language, Mind and Brain.  We welcome individuals from any disciplines whose research addresses aspects of speech, hearing, language, and communication broadly defined.   Candidates with experience in basic and clinical research across the lifespan are all encouraged to apply.  We are particularly interested in broad thinkers with good quantitative skills to join our team.  Candidates with experience in behavioral, neural, and genetic research will all be considered.  


The anticipated start date is July 1 2014, but can be flexible.  


The Chinese University of Hong Kong ranks among top 40 in the world according to QS World University Rankings.  Hong Kong offers a multitude of living possibilities. 


For inquiries, candidates should email CV to Patrick Wong ([email protected]).  
Visit http://brain.cuhk.edu.hk/ for more information about our work. Review of applications will begin immediately.  


Post-Doctoral 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 idealpost-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 ([email protected] ). 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.


Post-Doctoral Position--Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery at Northwestern University

Fellows will be involved in research examining neurocognitive mechanisms of sentence processing in both normal and language impaired individuals. With emphasis on recovery of sentence deficits in people with aphasia, as well as the cognitive and neural effects of treatment, studies will track language over time using structural and functional neuroimaging (fMRI), perfusion imaging, DTI, EEG, eyetracking and other methods. Funding for the position is part of a large-scale NIH supported P50 Center grant project. Individuals with a strong background in language science and a PhD in cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, communication sciences and disorders, linguistics, psychology, or related field are invited to apply. Experience with fMRI, EEG and/or eyetracking, as well as experience conducting experiments with language-impaired individuals is desirable.


Post-doctoral positions are for either 2 or 3 years, with potential for advancing to Research Associate. For more information see the lab website: www.communication.northwestern.edu/csd/research/aphasia/. Applications accepted until position is filled. Start date is flexible from March to September, 2014). Send CV, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation to Mary Cosic at [email protected].


Post-Doctoral Position--Laboratory for Educational Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco

The Laboratory for Educational Neuroscience (brainLENS.org) at the University of California, San Francisco USA is seeking 1 postdoctoral fellow for a minimum commitment of two years. The lab focuses on cognitive and developmental neuroscience work; (1) using neuroimaging measures in combination with cognitive, behavioral, environmental and genetic measures to predict academic and developmental outcomes in health and disease, (2) applying multivariate classification and network approaches to multimodal neuroimaging, behavioral and genetic data to understand developmental processes primarily of learning and literacy, but also of motivation, socio-emotional processing, and creativity, (3) development of novel behavioral interventions to promote motivation & learning, and (4) development of novel iPad applications to screen for future risk of developing reading disabilities.


For the current position, we are seeking a researcher who will contribute significantly to one or more ongoing projects: (1)  analysis and write-up of large scale (>1,000 scans) neuroimaging data on developmental trajectories of brain networks; (2) examining familial transmission patterns in brain networks by using a novel 'human cross-fostering intergenerational imaging design'; and (3) iPad application development and validation.

The candidate must have a demonstrated history of productivity, and be interested in theory-driven research.  The candidate must also have excellent interpersonal, organizational, communication and writing skills. A strong methodological background in computational neuroscience, bioinformatics, imaging genetics, neuroimaging (e.g. fMRI, M/EEG, MRS) or related fields and/or excellent programming skills is a plus. MDs, PhDs, or equivalent are encouraged to apply. With the right fit, individuals with a BSc and MSc will be considered. The position can begin any time. 


Interested candidates should email a cover letter and CV. Please add "[UCSF job]" and your full name in the Subject of the email. Qualified candidates will be asked to have 3 letters of reference forwarded.


Fumiko Hoeft MD PhD, Roeland Hancock PhD 

URL: brainlens.org

EMAIL: [email protected]
TEL: +1-415-476-9861


Research Positions


Research Assistantships, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), Philadelphia/Elkins Park, Pennsylvania

The language labs at MRRI --  Language and Aphasia (Dir.: Dr. Myrna Schwartz); Language and learning (Dir.: Dr. Erica Middleton) -- are recruiting for two BA/BS-level research assistant positions for Spring or Fall, 2014. Research assistants will engage in NIH-funded research on language processing in typical speakers and those with post-stroke aphasia.  We seek in our research 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 or neuroscience, 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: [email protected]; fax: 215-663-6783; mail: Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, 60 Township Line Rd., Elkins Park, PA, 19027.


Advanced Degree Programs


Master in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language--Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language

The Master's program aims to provide specialized, comprehensive and rigorous training in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. The Master's program includes core courses (theoretical and methodological), advanced elective courses, and a research-based project at the end of the program. The Master's program is aimed at university graduates with various degrees who are interested in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language. The duration of the program is one academic year with 60 ECTS credits. Students will develop research skills through the mentorship of experts and by completing a Master's Research Project at the end of the program. The language of instruction is English.


For more information about the master's program, visit www.bcbl.eu/master-in-cognitive-neuroscience-of-language-20142015/
For more information about the BCBL, visit www.bcbl.eu .    


Application Process
Details of application requirements can be found at: http://www.bcbl.eu/master-in-cognitive-neuroscience-of-language-20142015/    

- Application sent by mail to [email protected] by FEBRUARY 8, 2014
- Notification of the Master's admissions board's decision: MARCH 15, 2014
- Admitted students should confirm their intention to participate in the program by MARCH 30, 2014
- Pre-enrollment submitted ONLINE before June 7, 2014.    

- Application submitted online by APRIL 1, 2014
- Notification of the Master's admissions board's decision: MAY 15, 2014
- Admitted students should confirm their intention to participate in the program by MAY 30, 2014
- Pre-enrollment submitted ONLINE before June 7, 2014.

Please note that each "round" represents a distinct period in which you may apply, not a succession of steps for your application. You may apply in one round only, one time in an application year.

International candidates needing visas should try to apply in ROUND 1 to ensure that there is time for their visa application. 



Career Positions


Patient Coordinator--Department of Psychology, Rice University, Houston, Texas

The Schnur Lab (Director: Tatiana Schnur) and the Brain and Language Lab (Director: Randi Martin) are seeking a motivated, organized, and resourceful individual with a BA/BS to work in a hospital setting with acute stroke patients and with healthy and impaired language speakers on the Rice University campus. This position will train you to administer detailed behavioral examinations of language and memory to brain-damaged patients. Beyond recruiting and testing participants with stroke, the position will also include participating in other facets of research including analyzing behavioral and neuroimaging data and developing stimulus materials in a series of experiments using various research methodologies. 


Previous academic experience in a combination of psychology, neuroscience or linguistics, a completed B.A./B.S. degree, a strong academic background, and a two-year commitment for the full-time position are required. Previous research experience is highly desirable, though not required.  


Rice University is located in the heart of Houston, a 5-minute walk from the public train system, a 10-minute walk from the largest medical center in the world, and a 20-minute walk from many restaurants, bars, and retail shops.


Web: http://ttschnur.googlepages.com/, http://rmartin.web.rice.edu/


Contact: Please send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and contact information for two references to both Tatiana Schnur ([email protected]) and Randi Martin ([email protected]).



Society for the Neurobiology of Language