The CRBLM, along with CINQ, is pleased to sponsor this satellite symposium within the framework of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language conference in Quebec City. The symposium reflects on language learning across the lifespan and how our experience with language and multiple language learning informs questions of brain plasticity and organization. In addition to featuring several experts in the field of bilingualism and brain plasticity, the symposium will feature short oral presentations.
July 05, 2018
Introductory workshop on MRI data analysis using Independent Component Analysis (ICA) – Thomas Gisiger
June 18, 2018
The most common method of analysis of fMRI data consists in comparing the BOLD signal in the brain with time series representing the various conditions of the experiment (e.g. task vs rest). Read More
June 05, 2018
It’s never too early (or too late) to start thinking about your career. Whether you already have clear career goals or you are interested in exploring how your hard-earned research skills could be applied in various types of professions, we want to help you succeed on your career path. The CRBLM career day is specifically tailored for graduate students who research brain, language, and music. Read More
May 14, 2018
The CRBLM scientific Day is an annual event that showcases the research interests of the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music (CRBLM). The program for the day will be as follows:
11h Keynote Speaker Patricia Kuhl, Co-Director, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences University of Washington (SH-2800)
Early Language Acquisition: Infant Brain Measures Advance Theory
May 04, 2018
Title: How corpus linguistics can contribute to SLA research: three case studies
There is wide agreement in the second language acquisition research community across all contemporary theoretical foci that second language learning is an inherently complex process: a multitude of language-internal and -external factors jointly characterize the initial state, the developmental route, the speed of advancement, and the ultimate attainment of second language learning, and they do so to varying extents at different stages of proficiency.
May 03, 2018
April 26, 2018
Title: The benefit to speech perception of hearing a familiar talker
Abstract: People often have to listen to someone speak in the presence of competing voices. Much is known about the acoustic cues used to overcome this challenge, but almost nothing is known about the utility of cues derived from experience with particular voices—cues that may be particularly important for older people and others with impaired hearing. Read More
April 19, 2018
Title: Early language development among bilingual minority language speakers
A core debate at the centre of the study of language acquisition has been whether this acquisition is driven by universal features of human language or by the language-specific characteristics of the language being acquired.Clinically, the universality or language-specific nature of language acquisition influences how milestones are used by speech-language pathologists, pediatricians, nurses, and early educators to identify communication disorders and access to early intervention. Read More
April 10, 2018
Dr. Pfordresher is the Visiting Fulbright Canada Research Chair at the CRBLM
Title: Cognitive bases of vocal imitation
The ability to mimic auditory patterns with the voice plays a critical role in language learning and singing accuracy. I will discuss research that focuses on individual differences in the vocal imitation of pitch, a core feature for both music and language. Read More
April 06, 2018
Title: A Science-Art Reunification, using the brain to speak about science.
Note: this talk is co-hosted with CRAM (Cognitive Research at McGill)
Abstract: During the Age of Enlightenment the specialized fields of the sciences and the arts started to diverge from a unified exploration of the natural world. The division, created in an effort to identify individuals who were skilled in one field over another, eventually produced a gap between scientists and non-scientists, caused in part by the scientific method itself, and a disconnection presented through emotionality.
March 08, 2018
Title: Is visual categorical perception a perceptual or a language related-effect? Insights from ERPs.
Where: Rabinovitch House, 3640 rue de la Montagne
When: Thursday, March 8, 10:00 a.m.
Abstract: Categorical perception (CP) — between-category separation and within-category compression — occurs innately for colors, phonemes and facial expressions. Similar effects have also been reported for learned categories, mainly comparing similarity judgements before and after learning. The question is: Are these categorical effects really perceptual or just a response bias from having learned the category name? Read More
February 28, 2018
Title: What individual differences in reading (dis)ability and second-language learning tell us about the brain’s language network
When: Wednesday, February 28th, 4pm
Where: De Grandpré Communications Centre at the Montreal Neurological Institute, 3801 rue University (directions)
This talk is co-hosted by the Montreal Bilingualism and Brain Initiative and the CRBLM. Refreshments will be served.
Human language involves coordinating a distributed network of brain regions in the left and right hemispheres. Much of what we know about this language network comes from neuroimaging studies that average results across groups of largely university-aged, high-achieving individuals. This talk explores a complementary approach that examines variation in the function and structure of the language network, and ties this variability to fine-grained behavioural differences among individuals. Read More
February 28, 2018
As part of Marc Joannisse‘s visit to Montreal, the Montreal Brain and Bilingualism Initiative and CRBLM are co-hosting a student Data Blitz.
When: Wednesday, February 28, 10:00-11:30
Where: 2001 McGill-College, 15th floor, room #1552
Shanna Kousaie – The effects of second language experience on brain structure: A voxel-based morphometry study
Elise Barbeau – Improved reconstruction of the white matter language pathways and second language learning
Jason Gullifer – Bilingual Experience and Resting-State Brain Connectivity: Independent contributions of L2 age of acquisition and social diversity of language use
Max Wolpert – Prosody and Ambiguous Word Segmentation in L1 and L2: Preliminary Analysis of Production Data
Alexandre Chauvin – Cognitive Control in Bilinguals: Does one size fit all?
February 14, 2018
Title: Music perception and music-evoked emotion processing: Individual variability and autism spectrum disorder
Where: Rabinovitch House, 3640 rue de la Montagne
When: Wednesday, February 14, 10:00 a.m.
February 01, 2018
When: Thursday, February 1st, 2018, 10:00-12:00
Where: SCSD, McGill, 2001 McGill College, 8th floor, room #862
This 90 minutes workshop presents the theoretical aspects of the analysis of resting-state data and the installation and usage of the SeeBARS software developed by Thomas Gisiger, research associate at the CRBLM. Read More
January 26, 2018
When: Friday, January 26th, 10:00am
Where: Rabinovitch House, 3640 de la Montagne, room 101
Title: Open access scholarship at the CRBLM: increasing and demonstrating impact
Are you interested increasing the potential reach and impact of your scholarship? Have you heard about Open Access, but don’t have the time, funds or energy to pursue it?
January 24, 2018 - May 02, 2018
When: 1st meeting – Wednesday, January 24rd, 2018, 9:00-10:00
Where: SCSD, McGill, 2001 McGill College, 8th floor, room TBA
People who speak more than one language must normally produce and comprehend just one language at a time. But are bilinguals/multilinguals different from monolinguals even in monolingual processing situations? Do differences stem from coactivation, transfer, or competition, and how are these processes different? Does interference only affect linguistic performance, or is competence also vulnerable, and where is the distinction? Read More
January 23, 2018 - May 01, 2018
When: 1st meeting – Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018, 9:30-10:30
Where: SCSD, McGill, 2001 McGill College, 8th floor, room #831
Recent advances in Artificial Intelligence have attracted a lot of interest from both the academic and non-academic sectors. Major investments have been announced in Montreal for both AI and Neuroscience (see media links below). Both fields have an intertwined history since the 50s. But what is exactly AI today? How does it relate to Cognitive Science and Neuroscience? How can AI improve these scientific fields? What can Cognitive Science and Neuroscience contribute to the development of Artificial Intelligence?
January 18, 2018
When: Thursday, January 18th, 1:00 pm
Where: SCSD McGill University, 2001 McGill College, 8th floor, room #869
Please note that this event was moved to 2001 McGill college (corner Sherbrooke), conveniently located near bus (24) and Metro (Peel station).
Title: Perceptual Grounding of the Lexicon
Abstract: I will describe a hypothesis about how the words in dictionaries get connected to their referents, based on experimental evidence that learning new visual and auditory categories changes perception and neural activity in human participants so as to make category members “pop out” by perceptually separating members from non-members and compressing members (“categorical perception”). Read More
December 05, 2017
Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 10:00am
Location: Rabinovitch House, 3640 de la Montagne, room 101
Meet CRBLM faculty member Annelies Bockstael from École d’orthophonie et d’audiologie / Université de Montréal. She will talk about “From environmental noise to neurological disorders: a common neuro-audiological framework for sound perception, functioning and well-being in challenging auditory contexts.”