ILCB Lunchtalk : Véronique Izard et Antje S. Meyer

ILCB Lunch Talk*, April 26, 2019
Station Marine d’Endoume – 13007 Marseille

Véronique Izard : Integrative Neuroscience and Cognition Center, CNRS & Université Paris Descartes
Antje S. Meyer : Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen The Netherlands

11h Véronique Izard : In search for the cognitive foundations of Euclidean geometry
12h Antje S. Meyer : Towards processing theories of conversation
• 13h Lunch
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In search for the cognitive foundations of Euclidean geometry
Euclidean geometry has been historically regarded as the most “natural” geometry. Taking inspiration from the flourishing field of numerical cognition, in the past years I have been looking for the cognitive foundations of geometry: Do children, infants, and people without formal education in geometry have access to intuitive concepts that bear some of the content of Euclidean concepts? Results have been mixed. In particular, we found that angle, a central tenant of Euclidean geometry, is not intuitive for children. These results call into question the status of Euclidean geometry as a natural geometry.

Towards processing theories of conversation
Most experimental research into spoken language has focused either on speaking or on listening. However, these processes should also be studied together, not only because they naturally co-occur in conversation and likely affect each other, but also because an integrated research approach can lead to novel insights into the architecture of the cognitive system supporting language use. I will provide an overview of a research program on speaking and listening in dyadic contexts. The starting point is the model of turn-taking in conversation proposed by Levinson and Torreira (2015). Though based exclusively on observational data the model makes strong processing predictions. A key claim is that speakers begin to plan their utterances as early as possible during their interlocutor’s turn, in order to be prepared to respond quickly. Experimental evidence showed that speakers indeed begin to plan their utterances before the end of the preceding turn but, contrary to the prediction, not necessarily as early as possible. Rather than following a fixed rule (“plan as early as possible”) they appear to be quite flexible in their utterance planning. Current work aims at uncovering the factors that limit this flexibility. It appears that, in addition to social and pragmatic factors that define the speaker’s processing goals, capacity limitations arising in different components of the cognitive system play an important role. I will end by discussing how speakers might achieve smooth turn-taking without intensive linguistic dual-tasking.

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ILCB Lunchtalk : Understanding publication practices, across disciplines to improve the impact of your inter-disciplinary research

ILCB Lunchtalk

Jeudi 28 Mars de 11h à 15h30 en salle des voûtes (Saint-Charles)
Organisé par Xavier Alario et Elin Runnqvist, avec des interventions de Christopher Chambers (Cardiff University, Editor of the journal Cortex), Didier Torny (Mines ParisTech – Paris), et Marie Farge (Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris).

• 11h00 – 11h10: Motivations for this seminar: Alario, Blache, Runnqvist
• 11h10 – 11h50: Didier Torny (20 min. talk, 20 min. debate)
• 11h50 – 12h30: Chris Chambers (20 min. talk, 20 min. debate)
• 12h30 – 13h30: Lunch on site
• 13h30 – 14h10: Marie Farge (20 min. talk, 20 min. debate)
• 14h10 – 14h50: Round table (20 min. talk, 20 min. debate)
• 14h50 – end: Coffee, discussions, etc.

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Understanding publication practices, (models and time-courses) across disciplines to improve the impact of your inter-disciplinary research.
An inter-disciplinary discussion at ILCB

In our modern science practices, it would not be surprising to hear that the three most important assets for a scientist are… publication, publication, publication!

But what exactly is a publication? The answer to this question could be very different across disciplines, and many of its significant aspects are evolving.

Across disciplines, the increment of knowledge is conceived and packaged in diverse formats (working papers, proceedings, monographies, articles,
etc.) which are attributed vastly diverse value.

Across disciplines, the relationship between the author, the reviewers and the publishers can be vastly different. The business models of scientific publication has experienced major innovations in recent times, and presumably more changes lie ahead.

Across disciplines, the course of conception, dissemination, and archiving of a scientific contribution are practiced quite differently.
The public discussion of findings can precede or follow publication. In some disciplines, the predictions preceding an empirical study can now be archived in advance as pre-registrations, which can be referred to later to clarify whether the authors observed exactly what they predicted or predicted exactly what they observed, thus strengthening the impact of the contributions.

The inter-disciplinary “Institut Convergences ILCB” (Institute for Language, Communication, and the Brain) organizes a scientific discussion about current publication practices across disciplines. The issues above and related topics will be discussed by 4 specialist speakers.

This scientific discussion will have two goals. First, to create common knowledge, across practitioners of different disciplines, of what their collaborators in other domains consider a scientific contribution.
Second, to reflect upon and hopefully improve the publication strategies of researchers.

ILCB Lunch-talk : Dezso Nemeth

ILCB Lunch-talk par Dezso Nemeth
(Hungarian Academy of Sciences and Eotvos Lorand University ; titulaire de la Chaire ILCB/IMéRA « Langage et cerveau »)

1er mars 2019, 12h
Salle de conférences B011, LPL
5 avenue Pasteur, Aix-en-Provence

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