Brain and Language LIN4790


Fall 2017

Description and Goals

In this course, major issues and terminology in brain and language research will be introduced.
Topics addressed include: brain imaging techniques, ERPs, lesion studies, auditory perception,
categorization in the brain, localizationist versus generalist approaches, symbolist versus
connectionist approaches, modularity, innateness, critical period, lateralization, plasticity,
hemispheric differences. Students will be familiarized with important controversies related to
these issues, and will learn to evaluate data from brain imaging research. In laboratory sessions
and assignments, students will have the opportunity to focus in on a particular topic.