11 March 2022

HDR defense Kristof Strijkers

Towards an Integrated Brain Language Model — The spatiotemporal dynamics of production versus perception

HDR defense

Kristof Strijkers

CNRS researcher, Laboratoire Parole et Langage

March 11, 2022 at 10.30
Grand amphi, Campus St. Charles, 3 place Victor Hugo, Marseille

As part of the ILCB Study Day, on March 11th, 9.30 - 5.00

Title: “Towards an Integrated Brain Language Model — The spatiotemporal dynamics of production versus perception”

Committee:
Sonja KOTZ, Maastricht University (rapporteure)
Benjamin MORILLON, Aix-Marseille Université (rapporteur)
Noël NGUYEN, Aix-Marseille Université (tuteur)
Martin PICKERING, Edinburgh University (rapporteur)
Rasha ABDEL RAHMAN, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (examinatrice)

Summary:
The capacity of communicating through language has been instrumental in the evolution of our species. Being able to quickly alert our peers of an upcoming danger has high biological relevance, and the ease and speed with which we can use language has made this our primary communicative tool. Not surprisingly, understanding the fundaments of this ability has been a central issue throughout the history of human and social sciences. By now, our knowledge about the representations and processes underpinning language behaviour is impressive and thanks to the combined efforts of linguists, psychologists and neuroscientists, detailed neurolinguistic models of language production and perception have been developed. Despite the huge advances made to understand this complex capacity of the human mind, language research has been typically modality-specific, with a dissociation between production and comprehension in terms of research strategies, paradigms and models. The objective of the research I present here for my HDR project is to explore the nature of linguistic representations and processes from an integrated perspective. This is important, because in order to fully understand language processing and develop a neurolinguistic model that explains behavior, we’ll need to understand how production and perception interact. This HDR aims at contributing to this endeavor by comparing the spatiotemporal dynamics of production and perception for the basic building blocks of language: words. In doing so, I want to address the question of whether and how word representations and their processing overlap in time and space in the speaker and listener’s minds.

11 March 2022, 10h3013h00
Grand amphi, Campus St. Charles, 3 place Victor Hugo, Marseille

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