March 2019 

Preparing for SNL 2019Article1

It's time to start making your preparations for the 11th Annual SNL Meeting in Helsinki.

  • Abstract Submissions: As a reminder, the abstract submissions deadline is April 19, 2019. Multiple submissions per first author are allowed. For more information about how to submit, go to Submissions Information.
  • Membership: SNL memberships expire at the end of each calendar year, so please take a moment to renew. Simply log in to your existing SNL account and click "Renew My Membership." If you are not an SNL member, you may  create an account. For more information about the many benefits of being an SNL member, go to Membership.
  • Meeting Registration: SNL 2019 meeting registration is open. Register now to receive the early discounted registration rate. For prices and information about how to register, go to Registration Information.
  • Accommodations: While you're registering for the meeting, be sure to book a hotel room. Special room rates are now available at the Crowne Plaza Helsinki-Hesperia. Located near the Finlandia Hall, the Crowne Plaza Helsinki-Hesperia is the most convenient meeting hotel, and we expect rooms to fill up quickly. For information about the Crowne Plaza, as well as additional hotels, go to Hotel Reservations.
  • Early Career Award: Early Career Award nominations are being accepted through April 26th. The ECA was established to honor researchers whose high quality of scientific work and academic citizenship exemplify the ideals of the Society. For full details on the award, as well as the nomination submission form, go to Early Career Award.
  • Distinguished Career Award: Nominations for the DCA will open on Thursday, March 21st. This award honors researchers who have made an outstanding and enduring contribution to research in the neurobiology of language. For more information, go to Distinguished Career Award.

SNL 2019

 August 20-22, 2019   

Helsinki, Finland  


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JobPostingJob Postings and Announcements
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)  
Research Assistant Professor 
As part of our new and expanding Texas Institute of Restorative Technology (TIRN), at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth -, we invite applications for a Research Assistant Professor in Image Processing and Software Development.
We are looking for an individual with strong programming skills and familiarity with imaging software to join our research-heavy institute studying brain lesions and cognitive functions, such as language processing, in the cerebral cortex. The candidate should have research interests focused on designing visualization tools for multidimensional imaging data sets, developing novel methods of processing event-related EEG time-series recorded form intracranial electrodes, and/or machine learning to examine practical issues like trajectory planning and automation. Previous experience with epilepsy, brain lesions or cognitive processing using systems-level approaches is preferred.
This position is part of an initiative at UTHealth focused on expanding expertise in language processing and computation. The successful candidate will be situated in the Department of Neurosurgery ( Collaborations with other experts within UTHealth as well as with other institutions in the Texas Medical Center (e.g., Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine) and around the country, will be encouraged.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will be expected to create and sustain an independent research program, including planning, supervising and directing novel research. This includes the development of study design, data collection, data analysis, results interpretation, manuscript writing and grant proposal preparation. The candidate will have the opportunity to train and supervise undergraduate, graduate and MD/PhD students at UTHealth and Rice University.
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in Physics, Computer Science, Neuroscience or a related field. A record of verifiable and published research, the potential to obtain extramural, peer-reviewed funding, and excellent teamwork and communication skills are also required.
SALARY: Highly competitive, dependent upon qualifications and experience.
Texas Christian University
Graduate Student Opening 
The Genetics of Auditory Processing and Plasticity Lab, directed by Dr. Tracy Centanni at Texas Christian University (TCU), is accepting a graduate student into our Experimental Psychology PhD program in Fall 2019. Our research focuses on neural coding of speech sounds, reading acquisition, genetics of communication disorders, and neural plasticity. Our lab takes a unique approach to studying these topics and uses both rodent models as well as human participants. We also employ a range of techniques including electrophysiology, behavioral assays, and genetic manipulation in rodents as well as EEG, behavioral testing, non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation, tDCS, and genetic testing in humans. This is a great opportunity for students to gain experience in a variety of experimental techniques and be in the vanguard of pioneering dual-model research on language and reading. For more information about our work, please visit
Interested students should contact Dr. Centanni at for information on submitting an application.
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Research Postdoctoral Fellow 
I am seeking to hire a full time research post-doctoral fellow, preferably in the field of speech-language pathology, to take primary responsibility for collection and analysis of data for a study of the neural mechanisms underlying language and cognitive recovery after stroke. This project would entail collaboration with a post-doctoral fellow in the area of motor recovery to longitudinally study patients either at Johns Hopkins or via an innovative Stroke Treatment And Recovery van (The STAR Car), equipped with devices for evaluating both motor and language/cognitive recovery via tablets, fNIRS, tDCS, robotics, etc. Patients who are able to come to the hospital will also have longitudinal functional fMRI. The position would provide an opportunity to work with an outstanding and diverse group of collaborators in the Stroke Cognitive Outcomes and REcovery (SCORE) lab (PI: Argye Hillis, MD, MA), including four other post-doctoral fellows, two faculty, 4 research speech-language pathologists, 3 full-time research assistants, and students in various levels of training. Additionally, we collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of investigators in the Sheikh Kalifa Stroke Institute at Johns Hopkins, which consists of the Centers for Excellence in Stroke Detection and Treatment (Directed by Dr. Argye Hillis) and Center for Excellence in Stroke Recovery and Rehabilitation (Directed by Dr. Pablo Celnik) and investigators at the Bloomberg School of Health Department of Biostatistics. Finally, we collaborate closely with C-STAR, the Center for the Study of Aphasia Recovery, supported by a P50 grant from NIDCD, with Julius Fridriksson, PhD and Chris Rorden (University of South Carolina), Leo Bonilha, MD, PhD (Medical University of South Caroline), and Greg Hickok, PhD (University of California, Irvine), to provide new insight regarding the mechanisms and facilitation of aphasia recovery. The position would allow training and experience in multimodality structural and functional imaging and integration with behavioral performance for brain mapping and tracking recovery.

The environment at Johns Hopkins is extraordinarily collaborative across disciplines and departments. Our research relies on the exceptional interdisciplinary collaborations across departments (Radiology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation) in the School of Medicine and across schools (the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences Dept. of Cognitive Science, and the Kirby Functional Imaging Center). There are outstanding resources available and an environment that supports leadership in innovation, scientific integrity, and intellectual curiosity.

The post-doctoral position would require a commitment of two years, but could be extended for a longer period. It will also require a driver's license and travel to patient's homes for evaluation (with at least one other investigator). For further information, contact Argye Hillis, at or 410-812-6716. Salary is commensurate with training and experience.
Northwestern University's Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease      
Research Associate or Postdoctoral Fellowship  
Northwestern University's Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease is seeking a research associate or postdoctoral fellow in Neuroimaging of Aging and Dementia. This position will focus on analyzing MR as well as amyloid and tau PET data for our NIA-funded Alzheimer's Disease Center (P30). This person may develop, adapt, implement and/or optimize analysis pipelines for our newly funded AD Center Imaging Core, which will substantially contribute to imaging biomarker discoveries and enhance data sharing procedures. This individual may participate in publications and presentations resulting from the work.
This individual will work with Dr. Rogalski (Imaging Core Leader) and her collaborators Dr. Todd Parrish (Director of the Center for Translation Imaging) and Lei Wang (Director of the Applied Computational Anatomy Lab) at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.
Successful candidates will have a PhD in neuroscience, physics, psychology, bioengineering or a related field. Experience with analysis of sMRI, DTI, rsfMRI and/or PET is required with a particular emphasis on multimodal approaches.
Interested applicants should send a CV and cover letter stating experience and interests, 2-3 peer-reviewed publications, and at least two letters of recommendation.
The start date is negotiable and the position will remain open until filled.
Please send application materials to
University of Connecticut 
Postdoc Positions in Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication 
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication-CT program is funded by a T32 Institutional Research Service Award from the NIH (Inge-Marie Eigsti & Emily Myers, Program Directors). The goal of this program is to provide targeted training in the cognitive neuroscience of communication disorders to predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars.  We invite applications for two-year postdoctoral fellowships, to begin in the Fall of 2019.
Postdoctoral trainees will work under the supervision of one or more mentors on the CNC-CT team. These mentors are: Richard Aslin (Haskins Labs and University of Connecticut), Inge-Marie Eigsti, Deborah Fein, Roeland Hancock, Fumiko Hoeft, Nicole Landi, James Magnuson, Jay Rueckl (Psychological Sciences, University of Connecticut), and Emily Myers, Erika Skoe, and Rachel Theodore (Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Connecticut).  For more information about the details of the training program, visit the program's website (  Note that applicants must be US citizens or green card holders.
The successful candidate will join the intellectually rich 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.
  1. PhD in a relevant field, such as Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.
  2. Evidence of research productivity.
  3. Applicants must contact a prospective mentor from the team to assess degree of fit to the program.
  1. Experience with neuroimaging and neuromodulation methods, (e.g. ERP/EEG, MEG, fMRI, fNIRS, tDCS, TMS).
  2. Experience with clinical populations affected by communication disorders (e.g. aphasia, developmental language disorder, reading disorder, hearing loss, autism).
  3. Computational skills including advanced statistical methods, coding abilities (e.g. R, Python), or computational modeling experience.
This will be a full-time, 12-month, two-year appointment based on funding availability, performance, and mutual agreement.  Salary will be commensurate with experience and consistent with NIH NRSA stipends. We anticipate a Fall 2019 start date. For additional information regarding benefits visit:  
To apply, first contact a prospective mentor from the mentorship team. If that person agrees to sponsor your application, you will work with your prospective mentor to develop a one-page research proposal detailing your planned research and training during the traineeship. Next, please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #2019433. Submit a letter of interest including the one-page research proposal, a curriculum vitae, up to three representative publications, and the contact information for three references. Questions regarding this position may be directed to Directors Eigsti or Myers at
Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2019433)
This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on May 1, 2019.
All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics, which may be found at
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.
Brainhack Donostia 
May 5 - 8, 2019
At the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language (BCBL), we are organizing the second edition of Brainhack Donostia (, an event focused on neuroscience and the promotion of open-source resources in an accessible way across disciplines and experience levels. 

This edition will take place on May 5th-8th 2019 at BCBL, where two invited speakers and other scientists from BCBL will give talks and develop hands-on tutorials on data handling from several neuroimaging techniques. In particular, we will cover three techniques: Diffusion-Weighted Imaging (DWI), Magnetoencephalography (MEG) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). To know more about it, you can check the schedule here:
We are also going to host a hackathon in parallel, in which the attendants can propose, and collaborate on, neuroimaging-related projects (e.g., data acquisition, visualization, etc.). Check the project page for more info: 

We encourage you to come and enjoy such an experience with us! Feel free to register here: 

For any inquiries, please email us at
Looking forward to meet you in May!
BrainHack Donostia Organising Team 
Conference on Multilingualism 2019 (COM2019)  
September 1 - 3, 2019
Call for Abstracts 
Dear Fellow Researchers,
The next Conference on Multilingualism 2019 (COM2019) will be hosted by the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (LUCL) at Leiden University (The Netherlands) from September 1st until September 3rd 2019. Please reserve the dates!
The conference explores all aspects of multilingualism in the fields of linguistics, psychology, neurology, sociology, and educational sciences. The call for oral and poster presentations is now open. Please submit a title and an abstract before 1st of May 2019, by filling out the abstract submission form.
The Conference on Multilingualism has its origin in 2005 at the University of Trento, where it was known under the name of "Workshop on Bilingualism". In 2016, the conference was renamed to "Conference on Multilingualism" in order to include a broader range of aspects of multilingualism. In the past year, it was held in Ghent, and it is now coming to the Netherlands.
Our Keynote speakers:
Ludovica Serratrice (University of Reading, United Kingdom)
Maria del Carmen Parafita Couto (Leiden University, The Netherlands)
Theo Marinis (University of Konstanz, Germany)
Kristin Lemhöfer (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
Further details on the conference and abstract submission can be found here:
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Leiden in September!
Scientific Committee
Rob Hartsuiker
Guillaume Thierry
Merel Keijzer
Manolo Carreiras
Cheryl Frenck-Mestre
Ludovica Serratrice
Niels O. Schiller
Organising Committee
Sarah von Grebmer zu Wolfsthurn
Margot Starkenburg
Anneloes van Iwaarden
Niels O. Schiller
Third International Conference on Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning 
June 27 - 29, 2019
Dear Researcher,
The Third International Conference on Interdisciplinary Advances in Statistical Learning will take place in San Sebastian (Spain), June 27-29, 2019.
The conference explores statistical learning and its underlying mechanisms, from behaviour to neuroscience, in various domains. 
Our keynote speakers: Jay McClleland, Lori Holt, Simon Kirby, Daphne Shohami
Theme speakers:         Scott Johnson, Amy Finn, Maryellen MacDonald
Panel discussion:        Richard Aslin
Further details can be found on the conference site:     
Looking forward to seeing you in San Sebastian!
Manuel Carreiras, Ram Frost, Blair Armstrong, Morten Christiansen, and Louisa Bogaerts.
2019 International Conference on "Movement and Cognition" 
July 22 - 24, 2019
You are welcome to join us at in the 2019 International Conference on "Movement and Cognition" which will take place between the 22-24 July 2019 at the Tel-Aviv University, Israel.
You are also invited to submit to the scientific committee an abstract for oral presentation, poster, symposium, or workshop,  if you wish to present your work or research at the conference.
The event addresses the relationship between movement and cognition and the broad topics of the conference include scientific explorations of Cognitive-Movement interaction with applications ranging from Therapeutic Exercise, Ergonomics, Kinesiology, Motor Learning and Behavior to Biomechanics of Movement, Movement Disorders, Rehabilitation of Motor Dysfunction, Neuroscience of Dance, Cognitive Movement Development in infancy and childhood and Aging and Cognitive-Movement Interaction, and more (see on the website).
For more details please check out our conference website at:
International Workshop on Reading and Developmental Dyslexia  
October 2 - 3, 2019
Dear Researcher,
We're inviting you to the third edition of the International Workshop on Reading and Developmental Dyslexia in San Sebastián!

iWORDD was created back in 2013 with the aim to bring together researchers interested in understanding the causes and manifestations of developmental dyslexia and attempts to address the theoretical issues faced in this field.

Across two full days (October, 2nd -3rd), the third edition of iWORDD will feature four excellent invited speakers whose theoretical views will cover various issues related to the impact of cross-linguistic variations on the manifestations of reading development and reading disorders. Questions linked to how structural differences among languages modulate reading acquisition and reading disorders will be addressed as well as important timely issues such as multilingualism and second language learning.

iWORDD will therefore offer the research community the opportunity to get a broad overview of the current cross-linguistic theories underlying research in the field, while helping outline future directions in the investigation of developmental dyslexia.

With it limited size, iWORDD will encourage interactions among invited speakers and researchers during the four keynote lectures, invited symposiums, oral as well as poster sessions.

Coupled with the aim of generating new ideas to advance our field from theoretical perspectives, the ultimate goal of iWORDD is to highlight innovative thinking which could play in important role in clinical practice and education. With this in mind, a day devoted to linking theory to practice which will be open to a broader audience will take place after the two days of scientific meeting between researchers (October, 4th).

Speakers iWORDD 3

Charles Perfetti
Johannes Ziegler
Ludo Verhoeven
Karin Landerl

For further information please visit
We look forward to seeing you at the workshop.

Abstract deadline: April 28th, 2019
Abstracts acceptance: May 15th, 2019
Early registration deadline: June 16th, 2019

Research Perspectives: October 2nd - 3th, 2019
From Theory to Practice: October 4th, 2019

Yours sincerely,

Marie Lallier & Manuel Carreiras
BCBL - Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language
6th Summer Neurolinguistics School in Moscow - 'Experimental Linguistics in Less-Studied Languages'   
July 1 - 3, 2019
This year's topic: Experimental Linguistics in Less-Studied Languages
Dates: 1-3 July 2019
Venue: National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia

A large proportion of psycho- and neurolinguistic research has been conducted in several well-studied languages. With this school, we would like to draw attention to evidence from languages that have been under-represented in experimental research so far, including but not limited to: Russian, Bulgarian, Danish, Greenlandic, Norwegian, Tagalog, Arabic, Georgian, Turkish, Indonesian, Thai. These data can provide unique insights on the universal and language-specific mechanisms of language processing.
Confirmed invited speakers:
- Diogo Almeida, New York University Abu Dhabi
- Roelien Bastiaanse, University of Groningen
- Kasper Boye, University of Copenhagen
- Maria Polinsky, University of Maryland
- Irina Sekerina, College of Staten Island - The City University of New York
Registration: to open in March; deadline 25 May 2019.
Abstract submission: to open in March; deadline 1 May 2019. Submissions focusing on this year's topic are particularly encouraged but we also welcome submissions on a broader range of neuro- and psycholinguistic topics.

We look forward to welcoming you in Moscow! Should you have any questions, please e-mail us at
57th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia       
October 27 - 29, 2019
The 57th Annual Meeting of the Academy of Aphasia will be held for the first time in Asia this year. It will take place from October 27-29, 2019 at the University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR. You are most warmly invited to participate in the conference.
Both members of the Academy of Aphasia and non-members can submit abstracts for posters, platform presentations, and symposia. The Call for Papers will come out on the Academy of Aphasia website by the end of March. If you are thinking of organizing a symposium of 3-5 papers on a related topic, please consult with Michael Walsh Dickey, Chair of the Program Committee, in advance. His e-mail address is
The keynote speaker for AoA 2019 will be Dr. Lyndsey Nickels of Macquarie University.  Now in its second year, students can apply to attend the conference as part of the NIH/NIDCD-sponsored student fellowship program.  This year's NIDCD keynote speaker will be Dr. Olaf Sporns of Indiana University. Accepted student fellows will have the opportunity fo focused mentoring and training, and both U.S. and international students are eligible to apply. Please contact Swathi Kiran ( with inquiries.
For further information on accommodations and travelling to Hong Kong, see Conference Information.
Looking forward to seeing you at the AoA2019 meeting this October!
2019 PolyU CBS Summer School 
July 15 - Aug 9, 2019 
The Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies (CBS), of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) is pleased to announce that the 2019 PolyU CBS Summer School will be held in Hong Kong, from Monday, July 15th to Friday, August 9th 2019.

Credit-bearing courses will be offered under two themes: (1) Language and Culture (undergraduate), and (2) Language, Cognition and Neuroscience (postgraduate). These courses will offer you a window into language, brain and culture by considering such questions as: How does language work? How is language instantiated in the brain? How does language reflect our cultural and social identity? How does language shape us as humans? By considering and addressing these questions in our summer school, you will have a clearer understanding of what language is really like.

The summer school program will include invited speakers, workshops and fieldtrips. The courses and talks will be in English.
Undergraduate - Language and Culture (two 3-credit courses)
Fun with language (Dr. Yu Yin Hsu and Dr. Cherie Wong, Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Understanding Japan: A Journey into Japanese Culture and Society (Dr. Reijiro Aoyama, Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Postgraduate - Language, Cognition and Neuroscience (two 3-credit courses)
Advanced Topics in Psycholinguistics and Neurolinguistics
Prof. Jackson Gandour (Purdue University)
Prof. Evan Kidd (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Prof. Ping Li (Penn State University)
Prof. Chia-Ying Lee (Academia Sinica)
Prof. Elena Lieven (University of Manchester; ESRC International Centre for Language and Communicative Development (LuCiD))
Prof. Salikoko S. Mufwene (The University of Chicago)
Prof. Ken Pugh (Haskins Laboratories & Yale University)
Prof. Caroline Rowland (Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)
Prof. Tom Schoenemann (Indiana University)
Prof. Michael Ullman (Georgetown University)
Prof. Feng Wang (Peking University)
Prof. William S-Y. Wang (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
Prof. Fan-pei Gloria Yang (National Tsinghua University)
Advanced Topics in Research Methodology for Language Sciences
  1. EEG workshop by Dr. Stephen Politzer-Ahles (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  2. fMRI workshop by Dr. Bolton K. H. Chau and Dr. Bess Y. H. Lam (Hong Kong Polytechnic University)
  3. Eye-tracker workshop by Prof. Jie-Li Tsai (National Chengchi University)
  4. tDCS workshop by Prof. Dirk Den Ouden (University of South Carolina)
Fieldtrips (Optional)

For further information please visit or email us at

We look forward to seeing you at the summer school.
Yours sincerely,
The 2019 LCN Summer School Organizing Committee
Centralized Website Linking other Psycholinguistic Databases and Stimulus Sets  
Resource/Suggestions Needed
The following is a link to a centralized website linking other Psycholinguistic Databases and stimulus sets in one place:
Suggestions for other databases and open source tools would be much appreciated. They can be forwarded to

The Society for the Neurobiology of Language