May 2016





London is Calling...


The 2016 SNL Annual Meeting will be gathering in just three and a half months in London, one of the most exciting cities in the world! 


London has a lot going on in the month of August. Perhaps you'd like to visit Buckingham Palace which offers a special themed exhibition each year. The queen celebrated her ninetieth birthday April 21, 2016. During the public opening of the magnificent State Rooms, during the months of August and September, the exhibition will be devoted to the Royal wardrobe.

You probably already know that London has world-class museums and art galleries, but when you want to escape the crowds and do something off the beaten path, check out this TimeOut article for a hidden museum or garden for something different to see and do.

We hope that you will be joining us this year at the Annual SNL Meeting in this fabulous city of London.




SNL 2016 Travel Award Applications Now Being Accepted 


SNL is now accepting applications for the 2016 Travel Awards. Each Travel Award provides the recipient with $550 to help cover the cost of meeting registration and travel. All graduate students and postdocs are eligible to apply. 

The application deadline is May 18, 2016. See Awards Information for details on the application process. 





Hotel Rooms Available for SNL 2016 


For the convenience of our meeting attendees, SNL has arranged special room rates at hotels near the Institute of Education:

Ambassadors Bloomsbury Hotel with rooms starting at £120.00
Hotel Russell with rooms starting at £139.00
Montague on the Gardens with rooms starting at £195.00

For students, SNL recommends the

Royal National Hotel, which is directly across the street from the meeting venue. The Royal National Hotel has 1,600 rooms which hold one to four people, with rooms starting at £88.00 (including breakfast). Reservations can be made through the hotel's online reservation systems.

See Hotel Reservations for hotel terms and conditions.


SNL 2016

 August 17 - 20, 2016

London, England



In This Issue 


Travel Awards

Hotel Reservations




The London Eye



 Job Postings & Announcements 

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JobPostingJob Postings and Announcements


Post-Doctoral Position at Georgetown University Medical Center


The Cognitive Recovery Lab, directed by Dr. Peter Turkeltaub, invites applications for a two-year NIH-funded post-doctoral position to start in July 2016 in collaboration with Dr. Catherine Stoodley at American University. The post-doc will be responsible for collecting and analyzing behavioral and multimodal MRI data (fMRI, DTI, functional connectivity, VBM, lesion-symptom mapping) for an investigation of the use of cerebellar tDCS in post-stroke aphasia. The post-doc will also design additional imaging studies on normal subjects and individuals with aphasia due to stroke or traumatic brain injury.


The successful applicant will have a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology, or related field; experience designing fMRI experiments and conducting advanced MRI analysis; and a track record of research productivity. Preference will be given for individuals with experience conducting MRI research involving people with stroke or brain injury.


The Cognitive Recovery Lab operates across Georgetown University Medical Center and MedStar National Rehabilitation Hospital. We aim to improve the lives of people with cognitive and language difficulties by expanding our understanding of (1) how the brain performs language and cognitive functions, (2) how these brain systems change in the face of injury or dysfunction, and (3) how we can improve recovery. To achieve these aims we perform a range of human subjects research from basic cognitive neuroscience through clinical trials. We use a variety of methods, including behavioral studies, lesion studies in people with stroke, multimodal MRI, tDCS, tDCS/fMRI, TMS, and TMS/EEG. Dr. Stoodley is affiliated with the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at American University and the Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience program (PhD program). Dr. Stoodley's Developmental Neuroscience Lab investigates the role of the human cerebellum in cognition and cognitive development, employing clinical studies, structural and functional neuroimaging, neuromodulation, and combined neuromodulation/neuroimaging.


Please send applications to [email protected] and [email protected] . Send a cover letter with a statement of interest, CV, writing sample, and the names and email addresses of three professional references.


Funded Postdoctoral Position in Speech Comprehension at the University of Pennsylvania


The Grossman Lab at the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a motivated and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Fellow to contribute to a range of research projects investigating the neurobiology of language. Applicants should have completed a PhD in neuroscience, psychology, or an equivalent field, and have proven technical ability in image analysis and a demonstrated publication record. This position is funded in part through a collaborative grant looking at aging and speech comprehension with Jonathan Peelle (Washington University in Saint Louis) and Art Wingfield (Brandeis University). We are interested in the neurobiologic basis of the interaction of acoustic challenges (such as background noise or hearing loss) and linguistic factors (such as syntactic complexity or semantic predictability).


The University of Pennsylvania is a leading center in human brain imaging, with access to advanced MRI and PET imaging. The lab studies language and cognitive processing in healthy adults, normal aging, and neurodegenerative disease using converging evidence from multiple methods. There may also be opportunity for outstanding candidates to develop new projects and obtain competitive funding based on their own research interests, in alignment with the goals and interests of the lab. Philadelphia is an outstanding city with extraordinary cultural resources.


Primary responsibilities in this position include the analysis, interpretation, and writing up of functional and structural MRI data relating to the neural systems supporting speech processing in young and older adults. Previous experience in all of these areas is helpful, and the successful candidate will benefit from demonstrated independence in conducting analyses and interpreting results. Thus essential skills are motivation, critical thinking, and a strong record of scientific communication (papers, posters, and talks). Background knowledge in speech or aging, fMRI data analysis, experience with scripting languages (such as Matlab), and familiarity with behavioral statistical analyses (e.g., in R) are highly desirable. The anticipated start date is August 2016.


Informal inquiries can be directed to Murray Grossman ([email protected]).


Cognitive Neuroscientist (Program Director)


NSF's Division for Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences is seeking a Program Director in the 

Cognitive Neuroscience program. The Cognitive Neuroscience Program aims to spur the development of highly novel theories, techniques and models directed toward enabling basic scientific understanding of a broad range of issues involving brain, cognition, and behavior. Research will provide insights into healthy functions of brain, cognition, and behavior. Additionally, the program highly values the exploration of new methodologies, utilization of the latest analytic approaches, and the convergence of cutting edge techniques for addressing basic questions about human cognition.


NSF Program Directors bear the primary responsibility for carrying out the agency's overall mission to support innovative and merit-reviewed activities in basic research and education that contribute to the nation's technical strength, security and welfare. Fulfilling this responsibility requires not only knowledge in the appropriate disciplines but also a commitment to high standards, a considerable breadth of interest, receptivity to new ideas, a strong sense of fairness, good judgement, and a high degree of personal integrity.


The Program Director will have specific responsibilities that include the following:

  • Articulate a vision for the future of the discipline and allocate program resources to maintain a balance of support to meet the field's needs and future development;
  • Maintain an effective merit review system and post-award action process;
  • Participate in one or more cross-cutting activities within the Foundation;
  • Work cooperatively across the Division, Directorate, Foundation and with other agencies to accomplish the mission of NSF;
  • Participate in interagency meetings, coordinating groups, special task groups, staff meetings, and site visits;
  • Assess trends and opportunities in the field with assistance of advisory panels;
  • Pursue affirmative action and EEO goals in selection of reviewers, panelist and grantees;
  • Represent the program to the scientific community and the public;
  • Establish contacts and maintain active involvement in the program field through participation in meetings and conferences and by undertaking other relevant activities;
  • Pursue a personal scholarly research agenda, with results presented at professional meetings and published in academic journals, as workload permits.

Applications accepted from US Citizens. Recent changes in Federal Appropriations Law require Non-Citizens to meet certain eligibility criteria to be considered. Therefore, Non-Citizens must certify eligibility by signing and attaching this Citizenship Affidavit to their application. Non-citizens who do not provide the affidavit at the time of application will be considered for IPA only.


Applications must be submitted electronically in For additional details, follow this link:


Application process closes on Monday, May 9th, 2016.


MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit - Cambridge

Programme Leader/Programme Leader Track

Starting salary from £49,145 - (Programme Leader) or £37,024 - £43,520 (Programme Leader Track)

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The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBSU) is an internationally renowned research institute of cognitive neuroscience. Onsite facilities include dedicated MRI and MEG scanners, a hearing laboratory, and the developmental research centre suitable for infants through to older children. The CBSU is also a stakeholder in a clinical research facility and a new 7T ultra high field MRI scanner on the Addenbrooke's campus in Cambridge. It currently has 14 science programmes in the four research areas of attention and cognitive control, hearing and language, memory and perception, and mental health.


We are seeking to appoint a scientist to direct an innovative research programme linked with the developmental research facility that has recently been established at the Centre for Attention, Learning and Memory (CALM) at the CBSU. The programme will combine a strong interest in typical and/or atypical cognition during childhood with one of the major areas of research strength at the CBSU. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, language and mental health during development. The programme should meet international criteria for excellence in basic science, and have the potential for translational benefit. The scientific leader would be expected to be an independent researcher with an established track record on research, and to develop collaborative projects with other Unit programmes.


This appointment may be made at either Programme Leader (starting salary from £49,145) or Programme Leader Track (salary £37,024 - £43,520) level.  Applications are sought from scientists in relevant fields with either an outstanding record of scientific achievement (for a Programme Leader post) or at an earlier stage in their research career with a strong developing international reputation (Programme Leader Track post).


Choosing to come to work at the MRC CBSU means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a final salary pension scheme, 30 days annual leave entitlement, maternity and paternity leave, flexible working arrangements, childcare vouchers, and additionally a salary sacrifice cycle scheme, as well as access to employee/shopping travel discounts.  On site car and bicycle parking is available.  We also provide a wide range of training opportunities to all our staff.


Our success is dependent on our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our staff.  As holders of an Athena SWAN bronze award we are committed to equality and diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As users of the "Two Ticks" disability symbol we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum essential criteria for the post.


For informal queries please contact:

Debbie Davies (Equality & Diversity and HR-related issues, [email protected])

Susan Gathercole (job specification and science queries, [email protected])


For full details of this post and to complete an online application form visit and upload your CV along with a covering letter stating why you are applying for the post.


Closing date: 16th May 2016


Interview date: to be confirmed


This position is subject to pre-employment screening

The Medical Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer




Three year NIH-funded fellowships are available at the Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute (MRRI), in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania (Penn), for research training in cognitive and motor neuroscience and neurorehabilitation.


Available mentors conduct patient-oriented research using approaches that utilize behavioral, computational, imaging, electrophysiologic, and electrical and pharmacologic neuromodulation methods. We welcome applications from individuals with a doctorate in psychology, cognitive science, communication science, kinesiology, movement science, or human neuroscience, who wish to learn to apply basic science principles to the study and treatment of behavioral and brain deficits in adult neurological patients. We also welcome applications from individuals with clinical rehabilitation backgrounds seeking to increase their depth in the basic science underpinnings of assessment and treatment. Applicants must have a track record in research and an interest in developing an independent research career.


Applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence. Both MRRI and Penn are Equal Opportunity Employers and welcome and encourages all qualified candidates to apply including, but not limited to, minorities and individuals with disabilities. A complete list of available mentors and instructions for application are available at


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


- a current CV
- a cover letter describing research interests and career goals. Given the translational focus of the training program, applicants should indicate a preferred primary mentor and, if possible, one or more secondary mentors who appear to offer the best fit in balancing basic and applied aspects of the candidate's interests.
- 2-3 letters of reference


Conferences, Symposia and WorkshopsConferences


Membership in the Academy of Aphasia


Membership in the Academy of Aphasia is open to individuals who are interested in the relationship between brain and language, language disorders resulting from brain diseases (progressive and non-progressive), recovery, and other areas of speech and language related research.

Academy members, both associate and regular, benefit from reduced registration rates at the annual meeting. An Academy of Aphasia membership contributes to a forum to promote scientific inquiry of language disorders, their neurological substrates, and avenues for rehabilitation. Membership also helps fund trainees to present their work in front of an international audience.

There are two membership categories:

1. Regular Membership is open to established and emerging researchers in brain and language research.
2. Associate Membership is open to those who have not yet met the eligibility requirements for regular membership. This category is popular with PhD students or those without an active research agenda such as clinicians.

For further information on how to apply for membership, please follow the link:


Genetics & Neurobiology of Language

at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

July 25-31, 2016

Instructors: Simon Fisher and Kate Watkins


Beyond Language Learning Workshop, Barcelona

29th-30th of September 2016


A more complete understanding of language learning abilities requires not only studying the specific mechanisms involved in this complex task, but also taking into account a number of other cognitive capacities that may have a critical role in how the linguistic information is processed. A comprehensive approach to this issue would greatly benefit from the integration of different sources of evidence. For example, we need to take into account the developmental trajectory of both cognitive and linguistic abilities, as well as the development of different brain networks in parallel. Research across the linguistic and the musical domains would help us to understand how our brain processes sequential and temporal information. A comparative perspective, considering which abilities are shared with other species, which limitations they have and how their brain reacts to materials with similar characteristics as linguistic structures, is critical to have a more realistic view of what language learning is. This workshop intends to bring together researchers coming from neuroimaging, developmental and comparative fields to offer an enriched overview beyond language learning.


The Workshop will be held in Barcelona, Spain on the 29th-30th of September 2016. The number of participants will be limited to 120.


David Poeppel (Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics)
David Lewkowicz (Northeastern University)
Sonia Kotz (University of Maastricht)
Christopher Petkov (Newcastle University)
Daniele Schön (University of Marseille)
Carel ten Cate (Leiden University)
Jutta Mueller (University of Osnabrueck)

Martijn Baart (Basque Center on Cognition Brain and Language / Tilburg University)
Krista Byers-Heinlein (Concordia University)
Ansgar Endress (City University London)
Clément François (University of Barcelona)
Benjamin Morillon (McGill University)
Liuba Papeo (Centre national de la recherche scientifique - CNRS)
Pablo Ripollés (University of Barcelona)
Jakke Tamminen (Royal Holloway, University of London)


Important dates:
Poster abstract deadline: 15th of May, 2016.
Notification of abstract acceptance: 15th of June, 2016.
Registration deadline: 30th of June, 2016.
Workshop dates: 29th - 30th of September, 2016.



World Conference on Movement

The purpose of the conference is to share knowledge of all those whose interests lie in the nature of human movement. The conference will address issues related to gait, motion, kinesiology, disorders of movement, movement rehabilitation, motion and balance, movement and cognition, human factors and ergonomics, as well as optimized movement in elite athletes, developmental issues of movement and coordination. Workshops on physiotherapy of movement impairment will also be provided.


The abstracts of the conference as well as selected principal papers will be proceedings and will be published in the journal Functional Neurology, Rehabilitation, and Ergonomics published by Nova Scientific publishers.


We welcome your participation in this event that addresses the relationship between movement and cognition and I personally welcome your enquiries and suggestions. In the meantime, please check out our website at:  (Our mail: [email protected])


Should you have any questions about the nature and form of the abstracts or pertaining to the larger papers, please connect with me at: [email protected]


Developmental Perspectives on Language Processing 

Developing Mind Series  

Macquarie University 

12 - 13 May 2016 



On their way to becoming expert language users, children undergo neural maturation which affects the development of their language skills. Because of this, the processes underlying language comprehension may vary across development and differ from those in adults. However, not much is known about the variations in these processes. The goal of this workshopis therefore to bring together researchers working on various aspects of language comprehension to better understand how children process language in real time, and how different types of information are exploited during development. This topic is especially timely given increasing evidence that efficient early language processing skills are critical for learning to communicate effectively. It also has implications for better understanding language processing in children with limited language processing skills, such as those with various types of language delay, including bilinguals and early L2 learners, children with hearing loss, and those with specific language impairment (SLI). 


Keynote Speakers
Phaedra Royle (Université de Montréal)
Jesse Snedeker (Harvard University)
Karsten Steinhauer (McGill University)
John Trueswell (University of Pennsylvania) 

Please see here for further information and registration.

Essentials on sentence-processing ERP studies: Experimental design and data analysis 

Macquarie University 

16 - 17 May 2016 


This intensive two-day workshop will provide participants with the essentials on how to design and analyse sentence-processing ERP experiments. The workshop will be in the form of morning lectures, and also afternoon hands-on tutorials. All are welcome to attend the morning lectures. The hands-on sessions are designed for participants who have an intermediate level of familiarity with the fundamental principles of EEG data acquisition and analysis.



Phaedra Royle

Karsten Steinhauer

For further information and registration see here. Please note that places in the afternoon hands-on sessions are limited, so early registration is recommended.

Closing date for registration for both workshops, 1 May 2016

ARC Laureate Fellowship (Demuth), Macquarie University Centre for Language Sciences (CLaS) and the Child Language Lab, and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), hosted by the Department of Cognitive Science at Macquarie University
Katherine Demuth, Carmen Kung, Elaine Schmidt, Nan Xu Rattanasone, Ivan Yuen, Sithembinkosi Dube


Sensorimotor Speech Processing Symposium, London, 16th August 2016

Speech communication relies on both sensory and motor systems.  Interactions between these systems during speech production and perception are under active investigation. The Sensorimotor Speech Processing Symposium is a forum for scientists interested in this topic to discuss and present their research.

You are warmly invited to attend this symposium and give a talk on your research related to sensorimotor speech processing. If you wish to give a talk you are requested to submit a brief abstract, which will be reviewed by the scientific programme committee. Abstracts from scientists at all levels of their career using a wide range of methods (behavioural, brain imaging and stimulation, computational modeling etc) are welcome.

The keynote talk will be given by Patti Adank, University College London.

Tuesday 16th of August 2016, a day before the Society for Neurobiology of Language conference:
Chandler House
2 Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PF
Riikka Möttönen and Muriel Panouillères
Communication and Cognition Research Group
Department of Experimental Psychology
University of Oxford

Scientific Programme Committee:
Patti Adank, University College London
Daniel Lametti, University of Oxford
Riikka Möttönen, University of Oxford
Jeremy Skipper, University College London

Please send an email titled "REGISTRATION" to: [email protected]
There is no registration fee. Registration is now open and closes 1st of July 2016. Early registration is recommended as the places are limited.

Abstract submission:
If you wish to give a talk in the symposium, please send your abstract (200-300 words) to: [email protected]
Abstract submission is now open and closes 2nd of May 2016.The programme committee will select talks for the symposium based on the abstracts.
The programme for the symposium will be published by the 1st of June 2016




Insights from Deafness and Language

3rd & 4th June, 2016.

Organisers: Prof. Bencie Woll & Dr. Velia Cardin


General Description

During infancy, there are discrete periods during which the brain has an enhanced capacity for

reorganisation in response to environmental inputs: the 'sensitive' periods of brain plasticity.

Traditionally, it has been thought that reorganisation after a sensitive period is not possible.

However, recent research has shown that plasticity is a property of both the developing and

adult brain, and that functional recovery after the close of sensitive periods is possible.

Integrating animal and human models, and insights from the study of deafness and language, in

this workshop we will discuss mechanisms of brain plasticity throughout the lifespan, its impact

on perception and cognition, and the current and future applications for functional adaptation.

Amir Amedi, Torsten Baldeweg, Pascal Barone, Heidi Baseler, Marina Bedny, Ruth Campbell,

David Corina, Douglas Hartley, Andrej Kral, Stephen Lomber, Mairead MacSweeney, Rachel

Mayberry, Marcela Peña, Alvaro Pascual-Leone Jerker Rönnberg, Mary Rudner & Anu Sharma.

Venue: Wellcome Collection. 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK.


ICPEAL 2016 Conference

We are pleased to announce the 16th ICPEAL (The International Conference on the Processing East Asian Languages) will take place in Dec. 8-10, 2016 in South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China.


The conference which has been held every two or three years since 1978. It provides opportunities for researchers to disseminate new research findings, to exchange new ideas, to develop new paradigms, and, consequently, to advance the cognitive study of East Asian languages. The conference will have pre-conference workshop, keynote addresses, symposiums, and poster sessions.


Please visit the home page and check out the information that is already available there:



1. Character and word processing

2. Sentence and discourse processing

3. Concept / knowledge representation and storage

4. Speech perception, prosody and auditory processing

5. Language production

6. Language acquisition, development, and learning

7. Bilingualism

8. Language computational modeling

9. Language-related cognitive and emotional processing

10. Developmental and acquired language disorders


Keynote Speakers

Prof. Hsuan-Chih Chen (The Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Prof. Peter Hagoort (Radboud University Nijmegen)

Prof. Phillip Holcomb (San Diego State University and Tufts University)

Prof. Martin Pickering (The University of Edinburgh)


Important Dates and Deadlines

May 1, 2016 : Deadline for On-line Abstract Submission

May 10, 2016 : Advanced registration opens

June 10, 2016 : Notification of Abstract Acceptance

Sept. 10, 2016 : Deadline for advanced Registration


Please forward this message to colleagues who might be interested in participating.

We are looking forward to hosting you in Guangzhou at the 16th ICPEAL. 


Best regards

The 16th ICPEAL Organizing Committee


Society for the Neurobiology of Language