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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, February 28th
Ben Wilson
Institute of Neuroscience
Newcastle University Medical School

A Comparative Approach to Studying Language Evolution:
Insights from Structured Sequence Learning in Humans and Other Animals

Coming Mid-March!
Your Beautiful Brain – Drawings by Neuroscientist Santiago Ramon y Cajal
Opening to be announced shortly.
2nd floor, Uris Hall

Friday, April 13
Jessica Sommerville, PhD
University of Washington
Department of Psychology
Title & abstract to come
Interests: Early social and moral cognition and behavior; action/perception linkages; role of agency in cognitive development; & memory development.

Thursday, May 10
The 4th Annual Info Blitz Grad Convo Lunch
Titles & abstracts to come
202 Uris Hall, 11am – 2pm

Gray Matter

February 8, 2018: Morten Christiansen, Director of Cognitive Science, on language in The Atlantic. (link)

December 5, 2017: Literary theorist and cognitive scientist Laurent Dubreuil examines the borders between human and animal. (link)

Apr 26, 2017: Work by John Hale (Associate Professor of Linguistics) and collaborators is featured in the Cornell Chronicle

Nov 22, 2016: From the Cornell Chronicle: “International Team Compares English, French in the Brain” (link). From former Cornell professor John Hale (Dept. of Linguistics) and Dr. Wenming Luh (Cornell MRI Facility) are involved.

Sep 16, 2016: An excerpt from the Cornell Chronicle:

In a study that shatters a cornerstone concept in linguistics, an analysis of nearly two-thirds of the world’s languages shows that humans tend to use the same sounds for common objects and ideas, no matter what language they’re speaking. Published today in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the research demonstrates a robust statistical relationship between certain basic concepts – from body parts to familial relationships and aspects of the natural world – and the sounds humans around the world use to describe them. “These sound symbolic patterns show up again and again across the world, independent of the geographical dispersal of humans and independent of language lineage,” said Morten H. Christiansen, professor of psychology and director of Cornell’s Cognitive Neuroscience Lab. “There does seem to be something about the human condition that leads to these patterns. We don’t know what it is, but we know it’s there.”
Coverage also here and here.

Apr 11, 2016: Morten Christiansen’s newest book, Creating Language, co-authored with Nick Chater, is out and being talked about.

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