Neurobiology of Language: Key Issues and Ways Forward

8 April 2021 - 10 April 2021
Max Planck Institute
Workshop
This year the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics celebrates its 40th anniversary. We will celebrate this with a series of scientific events. Due to the corona crisis, this workshop will be postponed to April 8-10, 2021.

One of these events is a two-day meeting on the topic of The Neurobiology of Language: Key Issues and Ways Forward. Rather than looking back, we would like to see from the contributions of the speakers what the challenges and the promises are for the neurobiology of language, a field that in its current form has a much shorter history than our institute. The research of the invited speakers has opened promising avenues, which we would like to hear more about from a forward-looking perspective.

 

Confirmed list of speakers

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Giosue Baggio (Dept. of Language and Literature, Norwegian U. of Science & Technology)
Autonomous semantics and the neurobiology of language

 

 

 

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Marina Bedny (Dept. Psychological and Brain Sciences & Cognitive Science, Johns Hopkins U.)
Nature and nurture in neurocognitive development: Insights from studies with blind individuals 

 

 

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Ina Bornkessel-Schlesewsky (Centre for Cognitive and Systems Neuroscience, University of South Australia)

 

 

 

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Jonathan Brennan (Dept. Linguistics, U. of Michigan)
Building bridges between computation and implementation for natural language understanding

 

 

 

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Matt Davis (MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, U. of Cambridge)
Predicting and understanding speech

 

 

 

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Ruth de Diego Balaguer (Institute for Neurosciences, U. of Barcelona)
Mechanisms of auditory-motor integration in language learning

 

 

 

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Evelina Fedorenko (Ev Fedorenko's Language Lab, MIT)
Composition as the core driver of the human language network

 

 

 

 

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Gesa Hartwigsen (Research group Cognition & Plasticity, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences)
Flexible redistribution in the language network

 

 

 

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Floris de Lange (Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging, Radboud U.)
Prediction in language comprehension

 

 

 

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Ellen Lau (Dept. Linguistics, U. of Maryland)
Decluttering the neurobiology of language: on syntactic and semantic memory

 

 

 

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Andrea Martin (Research group Language and Computation in Neural Systems, MPI for Psycholinguistics)
Language in the brain must stay faithful to formal and physiological principles

 

 

 

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Vitoria Piai (Donders Centre for Cognition, Radboud U.)
Memory and control in spoken word production: evidence from electrophysiology and brain lesions

 

 

 

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Tamara Swaab (Center for Mind and Brain, U. of California Davis)
What will the future bring? Flexibility of prediction during language processing.

 

 

 

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Roel Willems (Centre for Language Studies, Radboud U.)
The future will be relevant

 

 

 

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