Letter from the SNL Chair
Come celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language in beautiful Québec City, Canada! This year, we have planned a full three-day meeting - August 16-18, 2018. Abstract submission is now open, and the deadline for submission is April 18, 2018.
The meeting will be held at the Québec City Convention Centre, which is strategically located on Parliament Hill in the heart of the Upper city, just steps away from Old Québec, the ramparts, and a wealth of boutiques, restaurants and night spots. We are also delighted to invite you to the Opening Night Reception at the world-renowned Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.
Keynote lectures at the meeting will be given by Robert Zatorre, Dorothee Saur, and Julie Fiez. There will be a discussion of "How Language Evolved" with Robert Berwick and Morten Christiansen, and a panel of past SNL presidents will debate the "Neurobiology of Language: Past, Present, and Future." Continuing the innovations from the Baltimore 2017 meeting, there will be one-minute poster slams and talks by the Early Career Award recipients. This year we are also delighted to announce the new Distinguished Career Award (sponsored by Language, Cognition and Neuroscience). The recipient of this award will receive an honorarium and be invited to present their work at the meeting.
Come cut the cake with us and take part in the exciting 10th Annual SNL meeting!
Book Your Hotel Room Today!
For the convenience of our meeting attendees, SNL has arranged special room rates at three different hotels located near the Québec City Convention Centre--the Hilton Québec, Hôtel Château Laurier Québec, and Hôtel Palace Royal. For more information about these hotels or to book a room, please go to the Hotel Reservations page on the SNL website.
We strongly urge you to reserve a room as soon as possible because the City fills up in August, and you could end up with no room at all!
Early Career Award Nominations Open
Distinguished Career Award Nominations Open
August 16th - 18th
Job Postings & Announcements
If you have a job posting, general announcement, conference or workshop posting that you would like to include in the SNL Newsletter,
Satellite Symposium: The bilingual brain - A lifelong perspective
This satellite symposium reflects on language learning across the lifespan and how our experience with language and multiple language learning informs questions of brain plasticity and organisation. Our keynote speakers will explore the bilingual perspective and implications for brain organisation, tackling questions from development to aging.
The satellite, organised by the CRBLM and the CINQ, will take place on August 15 at the Domaine Cataraqui in Quebec City. Visit our webpage for more info.
Job Postings and Announcements
A postdoctoral position is available in the Language Neuroscience Laboratory (PI: Stephen M. Wilson, Ph.D.) at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.
The successful applicant will play a key role on NIH-funded research projects investigating the functional reorganization of language processing in individuals with post-stroke aphasia.
A Ph.D. is required in a relevant field, such as Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences. The ideal candidate will have experience in conducting neuroimaging studies related to speech or language. A record of research productivity is highly desirable. Programming skills are also desirable.
Research in the Language Neuroscience Laboratory is focused on investigating the neural basis of language function, understanding how language breaks down in patients with different kinds of aphasia, and identifying patterns of neuroplasticity that can support recovery over time. Our approach combines multimodal neuroimaging with quantitative assessments of language function. Our work is supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD).
Vanderbilt University provides an excellent environment for our research program. TheVanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science (director: John Gore, Ph.D.) is a state-of-the-art facility with two 3T scanners and one 7T scanner, and there are numerous investigators at Vanderbilt carrying out innovative cognitive neuroscience research. The Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences offers top-ranked graduate education in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, and provides clinical care to thousands of individuals with communication disorders. We work closely with colleagues at the Vanderbilt Stroke Center (director: Howard Kirshner, M.D.), which sees over a thousand patients each year, and the Pi Beta Phi Rehabilitation Institute (director: Michael de Riesthal, CCC-SLP, Ph.D.). The successful candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with an outstanding group of scientists and clinicians, and to build an independent research program.
Nashville is often rated one of the best places to live and work in the USA, thanks to its vibrant economy, reasonable cost of living, educational opportunities, friendliness, diversity, and renowned live music scene.
Salary will be commensurate with experience, and will be consistent with NIH NRSA stipends. The start date is flexible, and the position is open until filled.
To apply, please send a letter of interest, a CV, up to three representative publications, and contact information for two references, to Stephen M. Wilson <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
BrainsCAN, Western University
We are pleased to announce the second Request for Applications for the BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowship Program. This program is part of Western's $66M BrainsCAN initiative, supported by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF). The CFREF investment is intended to enable researchers at the University, along with their national and international academic and commercial partners, to seek answers to fundamental questions regarding how we learn, think, move and communicate.
Training the next generation of researchers is a key aim of BrainsCAN, and postdoctoral fellows are the engines of innovative research. The BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowship Program has been developed to attract the world's most promising young neuroscientists. Successful applicants will be outstanding young scientists whose innovative work has already achieved impact, and who have demonstrated great potential for continued contributions.
Already ranked amongst the best in the world in cognitive neurosciences and neuroimaging, Western researchers employ cognitive, computational, clinical, and translational approaches to understand and intervene in brain function. Postdoctoral Fellows will have access to BrainsCAN-supported core facilities for neuroimaging; for studying human cognition, behaviour and sensorimotor control; for development and use of computational methods; and for establishing and exploring rodent and nonhuman primate models of cognition and behaviour. Skilled staff within these cores support state-of-the-art technical equipment including research-only MRI systems (3T, 7T, and 9.4T), laboratories for cognitive, behavioural, and electrophysiological testing in humans and animal models, advanced molecular techniques, a sleep laboratory, and access to a variety of neurological patient populations in affiliated teaching hospitals.
Up to 10 BrainsCAN Postdoctoral Fellowships will be awarded in the Spring 2018 competition, to highly qualified individuals from any country. Depending on prior experience, awards will be offered for 2 years (Tier II) or 3 years (Tier I), potentially renewable, with annual salary ranging from $55,000-$75,000 CAD (plus benefits) depending on Tier and on other funding, as well as an independent research/travel allowance of $3000-$5000 per year (depending on Tier). Tier I recipients will also have access to apply for internal BrainsCAN operating funds of over $12M for innovative research. Benefits include Employment Insurance, Canada Pension Plan, a health care spending account (to cover eye and dental care, prescriptions, etc), parental leave, and Western's mentorship and professional development program for postdoctoral scholars, Competitive Edge (http://bit.ly/2tBfAtm).
Applicants must identify and contact potential advisors at Western before applying. An interdisciplinary, collaborative approach, involving affiliation with more than one lab, is strongly encouraged.
The application deadline for this competition is May 1, 2018 11:59 EST, with successful candidates taking up their award no later than August 15, 2019. Further information about this funding opportunity and application forms can be found at: brainscan.uwo.ca. Western's School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies assists prospective and new postdoctoral fellows and their families with their transition to the University and to London, Ontario.
International School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)
The Cognitive Neuroscience department at SISSA has just announced 8 new PhD positions starting November 2018!
Two rounds of selection are available for all candidates, with deadlines on March 2 (Spring admission) and August 31 (Fall admission). Non-EU candidates can also apply on a dedicated track (deadline March 31), which doesn't require coming to SISSA for written exams/interviews. More information on the application procedure here - https://phdcns.sissa.it/admission-procedure.
For more information on the Department, please explore here - https://phdcns.sissa.it. A few highlights from the last couple of years: two new ERC grants (bringing our total to 5, in a 7 Faculty Dept) and one new Human Frontiers project; papers in Nature, Science and Nature Neuroscience; and the number one rating among all Cognitive Neuroscience/Experimental Psychology departments in Italy in the last Research Assessment Exercise.
We're highly multidisciplinary - our research themes and expertise are suitable for students with backgrounds in computer science, math, medicine, experimental psychology, theoretical physics, biology and linguistics, as well as neuroscience proper, obviously. Everyone with talent and motivation is most welcome!
We're looking forward to welcoming you to the lovely Trieste!
Research Assistant Position
START DATE: April 2018 - Summer 2018.
JOB DESCRIPTION OVERVIEW: We are seeking a full time Research Assistant to assist with all aspects of our cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistic research. Our lab is interested in where and when the brain is activated during language processing in healthy individuals and in patients with schizophrenia. For more information about what we do, see: http://www.nmr.mgh.harvard.edu/kuperberglab/. The responsibilities of this position are varied and involve the coordination of all aspects of research projects, including collecting and analyzing neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, ERP) data, statistical analysis, scientific manuscript writing, and maintaining the day-to-day operations of the lab.
In addition to the intellectual reward, the position would give the holder experience of research in experimental psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics, clinical applications, as well as database and program management. This is an ideal research opportunity for someone bound for graduate school in cognitive neuroscience, psycholinguistics or cognitive psychology. Our lab has sites at both Tufts University (Medford, MA) and the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging (Charlestown, MA), both of which are easily accessible from Boston, MA.
- B.A., B.Sc. degree in Experimental Psychology, Linguistics, computer science, or a closely related field.
- Strong interest in how language is processed in the brain.
- Very strong quantitative and analytic skills and comfort with programs such as Excel and Powerpoint.
- Some research experience with statistics and familiarity with statistical analysis software such as SPSS or R.
- Very strong organizational skills: Must be self-motivated, resourceful, very organized; able to multi-task and prioritize.
- Strong computational skills and some programming experience (e.g. Python, R, MATLAB) and familiarity with Linux/Unix environments and bash/shell scripting.
- Ability to work well in teams, with strong communication (verbal and written) and interpersonal skills.
- A two-year time commitment is requested.
Previous experience on ERP data collection and analysis
Salary will be based on qualifications and experience. Tufts University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Full-time employees receive full benefits.
University of Southern California
Associate or Full Professor
The Department of Psychology in the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles is seeking applications for a tenure track position with the rank of Associate or Full Professor for the Keck Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience. The ideal candidate for this endowed professorship will have established expertise, an international reputation, and demonstrated leadership in their field of research, as well as a willingness to work collaboratively both within the department and across disciplines. The candidate should have a scholarly record appropriate to an endowed chair, and should be able to bring vision, leadership and enthusiasm to the department and contribute to the excellence and diversity of our academic community through research, teaching/service. Areas of specialization include, but are not limited to, perception, social and affective neuroscience, learning and memory, language, reasoning and decision neuroscience, machine learning and computational models cognition, approached through advanced methods, such as, for example, neuroimaging analyses focused on connectivity and representation. The department is interested in building a culturally diverse intellectual community; we strongly encourage applications from all underrepresented groups.
Please follow this link for more information about this position, and to submit an application:
For questions related to the search, please contact Antonio Damasio (email@example.com). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain)
RESEARCH FELLOW POSITION at the BCBL- Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) www.bcbl.eu (Center of excellence Severo Ochoa)
The Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language (San Sebastián, Basque Country, Spain) offers research fellow positions in three main broad areas or research:
(1)-Language, reading and developmental disorders: How language acquisition, comprehension, production, and reading take place in the human brain. Special attention will be paid to language disorders and the development of computerized tools for their early diagnosis and treatment.
(2)-Multilingualism and second language learning: The cognitive and brain mechanisms of language acquisition and processing in a second language, taking into consideration the age of acquisition, proficiency and usage. Special attention will be paid to multilingualism within the school system and to the development of new educational technologies for second language learning.
(3)- Neurodegeneration, brain damage and healthy aging: Language and Cognition: Early cognitive and brain markers related to language for neurodegenerative diseases (Alzheimer, Parkinson); neural plasticity and language functions through brain stimulation in the awake patient during surgical brain operations; developing of computerized diagnostic and training tools for aphasic patients and neurodegenerative diseases.
The Center promotes a rich research environment without substantial teaching obligations. It provides access to the most advanced behavioral and neuroimaging techniques, including 3 Tesla MRI, a whole-head MEG system, four ERP labs, a NIRS lab, a baby lab including an eyetracker, two eyetracking labs, and several well-equipped behavioral labs. There are excellent technical support staff and research personnel (PhD and postdoctoral students).
We are looking for cognitive neuroscientists or experimental psychologists with a background in psycholinguistics and/or neighboring cognitive neuroscience areas, computational modelers, and physicists and/or engineers with fMRI/MEG expertise.
These five year Fellowships are directed to promising young researchers; they are intended to offer a track towards a PI role and independent research. The selected Fellows should be able to acquire the necessary skills for a research leader role. Ikerbasque is committed to offer a long-term career to the research community: Fellows in their 5th year can be assessed for a permanent position.
The applicants must have their PhD completed between 1/1/2007 and 31/12/2015.
Applications from women are especially welcomed. The eligibility period will be extended under special circumstances such as maternity.
Deadline: March 15th, 2018.
For further information about the fellowships, please contact the Director of BCBL, Manuel Carreiras (email@example.com)
Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH)
Two Mid- or Senior- Career Level Research Scientist Positions
Closing Date: March 1st, 2018
Boys Town National Research Hospital (BTNRH) invites applications for a two mid- or senior- career level research scientist positions within the Center for Childhood Deafness, Language & Learning (CCDLL). These positions will begin on or after July 1, 2018. A call for three junior scientist positions will follow after that time. Our vision is to grow the CCDLL into a program with tightly integrated research and clinical arms that work synergistically on issues of language learning and development. Work that fits this focus could involve examination of differences between learners with varying diagnoses; determination of the influences of intervention as well as family, academic, and social environments on language outcomes; comparison of developmental processes that support language learning during infancy, childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood; and investigation of brain adaptability and neurologic pathways that support language learning and development. We are assembling a faculty that can offer a unique perspective on such issues, one that is informed by a commitment to understanding and ameliorating the effects of childhood disabilities on language learning and development.
The successful candidate will have a record that demonstrates a highly productive and excellent research program. Expertise in developmental language disorder, hearing impairment, or emotional/behavioral disorders is of particular interest, but not required.
Scientists at Boys Town National Research Hospital are full-time researchers with no teaching or administrative responsibilities and reasonable service commitments. Senior scientists aim for 50% salary support on external grants. Via participation in the Center for Perception and Communication in Children (CPCC) funded by a Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) grant, junior scientists are provided with extensive mentoring and three years of full support to enable them to reach this goal. All scientists will have access to new, state-of-the art laboratory facilities, generous start-up funds, and extensive supports for grant management, IT, participant recruitment, and clinical measurement.
Scientists at Boys Town National Research Hospital have the advantage of working alongside an outstanding, internationally recognized group of colleagues. In addition to clinicians and scientists in the CCDLL, collaborations are possible with faculty in the Centers for Neurobehavioral Research, Sensory Neuroscience Research, Audiological and Vestibular Services, and Hearing Research. Our intellectual community also includes colleagues at the University of Nebraska-Omaha, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Creighton University and the Creighton University School of Medicine. Our participation in the Great Plains IDeA-Clinical & Translational Research Center provides training opportunities, partnerships, and resources for scientists who wish to translate science into better health outcomes.
Omaha, Nebraska, a city located on the banks of the Missouri River, is frequently rated as one of the best places to live in the United States. Advantages include a moderate cost of living, quality schools, an increasingly diverse and vibrant population, excellent restaurants, a strong artistic and cultural environment, low unemployment, and a strong economy.
Interested applicants should contact Dr. Karla McGregor (firstname.lastname@example.org) with their CV, a statement of research interests, the names and contact information of three references, by March 1st, 2018.
This advertisement describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Boys Town is an equal employment opportunity employer and participates in the E-Verify program. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or veteran status. To request a disability-related accommodation in the application process, contact us at 1-877-639-6003.
Aston University, Birmingham, UK
Postdoctoral Fellow Position
Research Fellow at Aston University, Birmingham, UK
£32,548 to £38,833 per annum
We are seeking a postdoctoral research fellow to interrogate how reading drives vocabulary acquisition using behavioural and neuroimaging methods.
The position will involve designing and conducting word learning experiments in which children (11-12 years) and adults learn to read new words embedded in meaningful story contexts. Knowledge of the newly learned words will be assessed using both behavioural and fMRI experiments. fMRI data will be analysed using univariate and multivariate methods, specifically representational similarity analysis. The fellow will take the lead on the dissemination of findings to academics, teachers, and policymakers, through publications, conference presentations, and workshops.
You should have (or be close to submitting) a PhD in cognitive neuroscience (or closely related discipline) with experience of designing, conducting and analysing neuroimaging experiments, and a good knowledge of programming and statistics. You should also have an interest in reading and language development.
Informal enquiries should be made initially to Dr Jo Taylor
And the application and further details can be found here:
A post doctoral position is available at the Language and Brain Plasticity Lab of Dr. Tali Bitan, which is part of the IIPDM and the Psychology Department at the University of Haifa. The position is available starting May 2018.
The focus of this position is a neuroimaging training study on second language learning, done in collaboration with Vanderbilt University. Responsibilities include conducting the study, overseeing students, analysis of fMRI data using SPM and other tools, and manuscript writing. Applicants with experience in analysis of fMRI data are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to candidates with relevant cognitive or linguistics background and to candidates with experience in MATLAB programming.
Research in the lab focuses on the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying learning and rehabilitation of linguistic and cognitive skills in healthy adults and children, individuals with atypical development, and acquired neurological disorders. IIPDM is a vibrant research environment that provides opportunities for interactions and training.
Interested applicants should send their CV and contact information of two references to Dr. Tali Bitan: email@example.com. Please include a cover letter explaining your current research activities and expertise.
University of Connecticut
Postdoctoral Research Associate
The Optimal Outcomes project at the University of Connecticut is recruiting applicants for a postdoctoral position. The successful applicant will play a key role on an NIH-funded research project (PIs: Inge-Marie Eigsti, Ph.D., and Deborah Fein, Ph.D.) investigating individuals who were diagnosed with autism at an early age but who no longer present with any symptoms. This group is described as having an optimal outcome (OO). We are investigating the functional neural bases of language and social reorganization, as well as adult functioning, in individuals with OO. We will identify early predictors and patterns of neuroplasticity that support reorganization, and compare OO to high-functioning autism in adulthood. Our approach combines neuroimaging and assessments of behavioral function. The successful candidate will join the intellectually rich Brain and Cognitive Science community at the University of Connecticut, and will have opportunities to collaborate with an outstanding group of scientists and clinicians and to build an independent research program.
Minimum qualifications include:
- PhD in a relevant field, such as Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
- A record of research productivity is required.
Preferred qualifications include:
- Strong expertise in autism, psychological assessment, or in human fMRI, as evidenced by Ph.D. thesis and/or publications
- Experience in psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, and/or cognitive neuropsychology.
This will be a full-time, 12-month, annually renewable position. Salary will be commensurate with experience and consistent with NIH NRSA stipends. The start date is flexible. For additional information regarding benefits visit: http://hr.uconn.edu/benefits-summaries/ . For additional information about the University visit: http://www.uconn.edu/
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, a CV, up to three representative publications, and the contact information for three references to Professor Eigsti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University's teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn's ranking as one of the nation's top research universities. UConn's faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
Pre- and Post-doctoral Research/Programmer Positions
NeLLab is hiring! Come work with us in a wonderfully diverse environment in a cosmopolitan setting!
Pre- and post-doctoral research/programmer positions in MEG research at the Neuroscience of Language Lab inNYU Abu Dhabi (PIs Pylkkänen & Marantz)
The Neuroscience of Language Lab at NYU Abu Dhabi (http://www.psych.nyu.edu/nellab/) has openings for research scientists, which could be realized either as pre-doctoral RAships or as a post-doc. One position is specifically computational: it could be realized as a pure programmer position or as research position with a significant software development component. All positions are based in Abu Dhabi but involve regular travel to New York.
A BA/BS, MA/MS or PhD in a cognitive science-related discipline (psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, etc.) or computer science is required.
The hired person would ideally have experience with psycho- and neurolinguistic experiments, a background in statistics and programming (especially Python and Matlab). A strong computational background and knowledge of Arabic are both big plusses.
The pre/post-doc's role will depend on the specific qualifications of the person hired, but will in all cases involve MEG research on structural and/or semantic aspects of language.
In Abu Dhabi, salary and benefits, including travel and lodging, are quite generous. We are looking to start these position in summer 2018. Evaluation of applications will begin immediately.
Conferences, Programs, and Calls
1st International Workshop on Predictive Processing
We are happy to announce the new discussion arena fully centred on predictive processing. The Workshop on Predictive Processing (WoPP) will take place in San Sebastian (Spain) on June 20-22, 2018.
The goal of the workshop is to address the role of predictive processing in cognition. Some of the crucial issues in this timely research topic are the extent to which prediction is a fundamental mechanism of brain function, the role of prediction in learning, and, how predictive processing is expressed across distinct cognitive domains. This workshop will gather experts from different fields in cognitive neuroscience including sensory processing, attention and memory, to work alongside the community of language processing, with the aim of furthering our understanding of the role of predictive processing in cognition.
The conference will include keynote speakers, regular talks, symposiums and poster sessions.
Keynote speakers will be the main sources of discussion:
Sophie Scott, University College London
Moshe Bar, Bar-Ilan University
Pascal Fries, Ernst Strüngmann Institute (ESI)
Each keynote will be followed by a symposium on a related topic. Each symposium will be co-organized by two experts in the field, and will last 2 hours.
Symposium organizers are Gina Kuperberg, Matt Davis, Craig Richter, Julien Vezoli, Lucia Amoruso and Ruth De Diego Balaguer.
Abstract submission and Registration: OPEN
Abstract deadline: April, 6th, 2018
Notification of abstract acceptance: April 24th, 2018
Early registration deadline: May 11th, 2018
Online registration deadline: May 30th, 2018
Conference dates: June 20-22, 2018
For further information please visit: http://www.bcbl.eu/events/prediction-2018/en/
We look forward to seeing you at the conference.
The Organizing Committee
Manuel Carreiras, Clara Martin, Nicola Molinaro & David Soto
11th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon
We are pleased to announce the 11th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon to be held in Edmonton, AB, Canada on
The 11th International Conference on the Mental Lexicon will bring together psycholinguistic, neurolinguistic, and computational research on the representation and processing of words in the mind/brain. The conference encourages a variety of perspectives on lexical representation and processing.
The 2018 conference will be held in Edmonton at the Delta Hotel, Edmonton City Centre, Alberta, Canada, where it was first launched in 1998. As in previous years, we anticipate an excellent selection of high quality research presentations on topics that include, but are not limited to, computational models, neurolinguistics, language processing in development, bilingualism, and typical or atypical populations. There will be two keynote speakers: Mirjam Ernestus and Gabriella Vigliocco. Like the previous meetings, the conference will include both 15-minute platform presentations and poster sessions each day. The deadline for receipt of abstracts is April 13, 2018 - the abstract submission page will open Feb. 15, 2018. Please consult the Abstract Submission Guidelines on the conference website at <mentallexicon2018.ca>
Looking forward to seeing you in Edmonton!
Genetics and Neurobiology of Language
Applications Due April 15
Simon Fisher, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands
David Poeppel, Max-Planck-Institute, Frankfurt & New York University
Kate Watkins, University of Oxford, UK
Why are children able to acquire highly sophisticated language abilities without needing to be taught? What are the neurobiological and neurophysiological processes that underpin human speech and language, and how do they go awry in developmental and acquired disorders? Which genetic factors contribute to this remarkable suite of human skills, and are there evolutionary precursors that we can study in other species? Can we trace connections between language skills and musicality? This unique CSHL course, in its third iteration, addresses these core questions about the bases and origins of speech and language, through talks, interactive sessions, keynotes and debates, involving leading experts from a range of disciplines. It integrates the state-of-the-art from complementary perspectives, including development, cognitive models, neural basis, gene identification, functional genomics, model systems and comparative/evolutionary studies.
Jonathan Brennan, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Anne Christophe, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, Frace
Ruth De Diego-Balaguer, University of Barcelona, Barcelona , Spain
Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University
Evelina Fedorenko, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tecumseh Fitch, University of Vienna, Austria
Reyna Gordon, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Erich Jarvis, Rockefeller University
Ellen Lau, University of Maryland
Mairead MacSweeney, University College London
Brad Mahon, University of Rochester
Angela Morgan, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Australia
Dianne Newbury, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Jonathan Peelle, Washington University in Saint Louis
Constance Scharff, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Sonja Vernes, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands
IMPRS for Language Sciences Conference
We are proud to announce the upcoming IMPRS for Language Sciences conference on
Interdisciplinary Approaches in the Language Sciences held at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Netherlands from June 5 - 7, 2018.
This 3-day conference brings together experts from multiple scientific disciplines,
including genetics, psychology, linguistics and computer science, to further our understanding of
how language operates and develops. On the last day of the conference, we will host small workshops with the plenary speakers aiming to interactively advance interdisciplinary discussion of big questions in the language sciences.
We encourage abstract submissions for poster presentations on any topic related to the language sciences. Abstracts should not exceed 300 words in length and should highlight the interdisciplinary nature of the research.
Check out our website for more information: imprsconference.mpi.nl
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required.
Day 1 - Language evolution
Terrence Deacon (University of California Berkeley)
Chiara Barbieri (MPI for the Science of Human History)
Bart de Boer (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
Enoch Aboh (Universiteit van Amsterdam)
Day 2 - Language and the brain
Melissa Duff (Vanderbilt University)
Sophie Scott (University College London)
Jeffrey Binder (Medical College of Wisconsin)
Jean-Remi King (New York University)
Abstract submission: open now until February 28th
Registration: opens March 1st
Society for the Neurobiology of Language