Talk by Prof. Ghislaine Dehaene

Event Date: 
Fri, 04/09/2015 - 12:00

CBC Seminars


Ghislaine Dehaene, from INSERM-CEA CognitiveNeuroimaging Unit, Paris (France) invited by Luca Bonatti (RICO Group)


Title: Neural constraints on language acquisition



Although different human languages use different sounds, words and syntax, most children acquire their native language without difficulties following the same developmental path. Once adults, they use the same specialized networks, located primarily in the left hemisphere around the sylvian fissure, to process speech. Thanks to the development of brain imaging, we can now study the early functional brain organization and examine on which cerebral resources (i.e. the computational properties made available by the activated neural networks) infants rely to learn their native language. I will discuss how results obtained during the first months of life with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and event-related potentials (ERPs) might shed light on the emergence of language in the human species.


Friday, September 4th, at 12:00



Campus de la Comunicacio UPF, C/ Roc Boronat, 132. MAP
Edifici 52 (Ed. Roc Boronat), room 52.S25

Universitat Pompeu Fabra.


How to get there:

Metro: Llacuna or Poblenou <L4>, Glories <L1>, Tram: Ca l’aranyó [T4]