Genetics & Neurobiology of Language
July 25 - 31, 2016
Application Deadline: May 23, 2016


Simon Fisher, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands
Kate Watkins, University of Oxford, UK

See the roll of honor - who's taken the course in the past

Why are children able to acquire highly sophisticated language abilities without needing to be taught? What are the neurobiological and neurophysiological processes that underpin human speech and language, and how do they go awry in developmental and acquired disorders? Which genetic factors contribute to this remarkable suite of human skills, and are there evolutionary precursors that we can study in other species? This unique new CSHL course will address core questions about the bases and origins of speech and language, through talks, interactive sessions, keynotes and debates, involving leading experts from a range of disciplines. It will integrate the state-of-the-art from complementary perspectives, including development, cognitive models, neural basis, gene identification, functional genomics, model systems and comparative/evolutionary studies.

2016 Speakers:

Richard Aslin, University of Rochester
Matt Davis, University of Cambridge, UK
Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University
Evelina Fedorenko, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Tecumseh Fitch, University of Vienna, Austria
Ellen Lau, University of Maryland
Mairead MacSweeney, University College London, UK
Angela Morgan, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Australia
Dianne Newbury, University of Oxford, UK
Liina Pylkkänen, New York University
Constance Scharff, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
Sophie Scott, University College London, UK
Katie Slocombe, University of York, UK
Ofer Tchernichovski, Hunter College
Bruce Tomblin, University of Iowa
Faraneh Vargha-Khadem, Institute of Child Health, UK
Sonja Vernes, MPI for Psycholinguistics, The Netherlands
Janet Werker, University of British Columbia, Canada

The course will be held at the Laboratory's Banbury Conference Center located on the north shore of Long Island. All participants stay within walking distance of the Center, close to tennis court, pool and private beach.

This course is supported with funds generously provided by: Nancy Lurie Marks Family Foundation

Cost (including board and lodging): $2,600 

This button links to a short form which confirms your interest in the course. No fees are due until you have completed the full application process and are accepted into the course.

Students accepted into the course should plan to arrive by early evening on July 24 and plan to depart after lunch on July 31.