[CaBSSem] CaBSSem at 3:30 today

Stephen Lindsay slindsay at uvic.ca
Fri Mar 28 10:00:13 PDT 2014

A reminder that today's is a special cabssem featuring Lansdowne visitor Alec Marantz.

It is scheduled to start at 3:30, rather than our usual 3:00 start time.

It is scheduled for A228 but if that fills we will move across the hall.


Competition and Prediction in Word Processing: MEG Studies of Visual and Auditory Word Recognition Friday, March 28, 3:30-5:00 COR A228

Recent experimental evidence supports the view that brain responses in language processing are not driven by competition between mental representations consistent with the linguistic input, but rather by entropy (a measure of uncertainty) over these representations, and surprisal (a measure of improbability) of processed input relative to this entropy.  Thus, for example, high cohort entropy (and thus high competition among members of a cohort) correlates with less neural activity, rather than more.  Morphological structure interacts with morpheme-cohort effects, in ways consistent with a full-decomposition view of complex word recognition.  The emerging picture allows us to use neurolinguistic evidence to test certain representational claims from the linguistics literature, for example the claim that all nouns and verbs are morphologically complex.

Alec Marantz completed his Ph.D. at MIT at the age of 23, joining Harvard's illustrious Society of Fellows. After serving for several years on the faculty of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, he moved MIT, where he eventually became a Distinguished Professor and Director of what is now the KIT/MIT/NYU MEG Joint Research Laboratory. In 2006 Dr. Marantz moved to New York University as a Professor of Linguistics and Psychology. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Kanazawa Institute of Technology, and Principal Investigator of a second MEG lab, at NYU Abu Dhabi. In 2008 Dr. Marantz won the Sam Williamson Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Field of Biomagnetic Research.

D. Stephen Lindsay, Ph.D.
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Check out the new Sage Handbook of Applied Memory<http://www.uk.sagepub.com/books/Book237290?subject=K00&sortBy=defaultPubDate%20desc&fs=1#tabview=title> co-edited with Tim Perfect.  It's out!

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