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.
Chair of the 2014 Program Committee
Keynote Speakers SNL 2014
Willem Levelt, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics,
Nijmegen, the Netherlands
lecture: Neurobiology of Language from a historical perspective
Constance Scharff, Institute for Biology, Freie Universität
lecture: Songbirds as model for Neurobiology of Language
Pascal Fries, Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI) for Neuroscience,
title: Brain rhythms for bottom-up and top-down signalling
Mike Tomasello, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary
Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
Lecture: The cognitive infrastructure for human communication
Call for Abstracts &
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
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!
March 17, 2014
Travel Award Applications Accepted
April 17, 2014
May 2, 2014
August 27-29, 2014
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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.
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
summerschool will be held between July 14th and 19th, 2014 in Donostia
- San Sebastian, Spain.
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.
Armstrong - BCBL, Spain.
R. Binder - Medical College of Wisconsin, USA.
Caballero - BCBL, Spain.
S. Dell - University of Illinois, USA.
Andoni Duñabeitia - BCBL, Spain.
Emmorey - San Diego State University, USA.
S. Hickok - University of California, USA.
Keuleers - Ghent University, Belgium.
Kroll - Pennsylvania State University, USA.
Martin - BCBL, Spain.
Molinaro - BCBL, Spain.
Molnar - BCBL, Spain.
(Kepa) Paz-Alonso - BCBL, Spain.
C. Plaut - Carnegie Mellon University, USA.
Plunkett - Oxford University, UK.
Rapp - Johns Hopkins University, USA.
Samuel - BCBL, Spain & Stony Brook University, USA.
Sebastian - Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain.
Thierry - Bangor University College, UK.
K. Tyler - University of Cambridge, UK.
information, please visit our website: http://www.bcbl.eu/events/ESCOP-summerschool/en/
forward to seeing you in 2014!
Summerschool Organizing Committee
Abstracts--Scientific Studies of Reading Special Issue on Computational
and Statistical Modeling of Reading Difficulties: Tackling Mechanisms
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.
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
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
- 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
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
submitted for consideration and corresponding manuscripts should
reflect the intent to motivate stronger trans-disciplinary dialogues
and collaborations amongst the broader literacy research communities.
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,
- First manuscript
submissions due late September 2014
- Final papers due by April
- Publication January 2016
Abstracts should be submitted to the special issue editors:
Miller (U.S. National Institutes of Health): [email protected]
Zevin (University of Southern California): [email protected]
Workshop on Learning and Memory Consolidation (July 10-12th, 2014, San
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.
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.
Born - Universität Tübingen, Germany
Michael Hasselmo - Boston University, Massachusetts, USA
Daniel Margoliash - University of Chicago, Illinois, USA
Matthew Wilson - Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Massachusetts,
John Wixted - University of California, San Diego, USA
- Abstract deadline (March
- Notification of abstract
acceptance (March 17th, 2014)
- Early registration
deadline (April 9th, 2014)
- Online registration
deadline (June 22nd, 2014)
- Conference dates (July
- 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
Physiological Psychology--Department of Psychology and the Focus Area
Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Salzburg
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.
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.
Faculty Positions--The Chinese University of Hong Kong and
the Utrecht University-CUHK Joint Centre for Language, Mind and
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.
start date is July 1 2014, but can be flexible.
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.
inquiries, candidates should email CV to Patrick Wong ([email protected]).
for more information about our work. Review of applications will
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--The Chinese University of Hong Kong
and the Utrecht University-CUHK Joint Centre for Language, Mind
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.
anticipated start date is July 1 2014, but can be flexible.
University of Hong Kong ranks among top 40 in the world according to QS
World University Rankings. Hong Kong offers a multitude of living
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.
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
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.
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.
Position--Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery at
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.
positions are for either 2 or 3 years, with potential for advancing to
Research Associate. For more information see the lab website:
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].
Position--Laboratory for Educational Neuroscience, University of
California, San Francisco
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
For more information about the master's program,
For more information about the BCBL, visit www.bcbl.eu .
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,
- 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,
- 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.
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
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]).
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