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Genetics & Neurobiology of Language

  December 29, 2017  

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor, New York
July 30 - August 5, 2018

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.
Organized by: Instructors: Simon Fisher, David Poeppel, Max-Kate Watkins
Invited Speakers:
Jonathan Brennan, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor , MI 
Anne Christophe, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, FRANCE
Ruth De Diego-Balaguer, University of Barcelona, Barcelona , SPAIN
Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University, CA
Evelina Fedorenko, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA
Tecumseh Fitch, University of Vienna, AUSTRIA
Reyna Gordon, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, TN
Erich Jarvis, Rockefeller University, NY
Ellen Lau, University of Maryland, MD 
Mairead MacSweeney, University College London, UK 
Brad Mahon, University of Rochester, NY
Angela Morgan, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, AUSTRALIA
Dianne Newbury, Oxford Brookes University, UK
Jonathan Peelle, Washington University in Saint Louis, MO
Constance Scharff, Freie Universität Berlin, GERMANY
Sonja Vernes, MPI for Psycholinguistics, NETHERLANDS
Deadline for Abstracts: April 15 2018
Registration: Apply here 
E-mail: afranco@cshl.edu
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