How do human brains enable linguistic computation? Psycholinguistic and linguistic theories have provided crucial and testable hypotheses to examine linguistic computation. Cognitive models of attention, memory and executive control have further contributed importantly to the foundation of these theories. Increasingly, these theories are also constrained by biological principles that have been uncovered in (cognitive) neuroscience research, but many unanswered questions remain. For this special session six prominent speakers from around the world will address fundamental questions about how we derive meaning from sentences in a neurally plausible manner. All use Event-Related Potential (ERP) and brain oscillatory measures as a core part of their research, as these provide powerful tools to examine language processing within the constraints imposed by the neural machinery of the brain.
Gina Kuperberg, Tufts University
Marta Kutas, University of California, San Diego
Ellen Lau, University of Maryland
Andrea E. Martin, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
Colin Phillips, University of Maryland
Janet van Hell, Pennsylvania State University