One of the most distinctive capabilities of humans, that sets us apart from all other animals, is our ability to communicate with each other using spoken language. To understand how language operates in the human brain, and how it evolved, requires a multidisciptlinary approach from neuroscience, psychology, linguistic, comparative biology, and computational theory. Many lectures at BCBT have addressed to nature and origins of language. Here we have featured Friedemann Pulvermuller's talk on the origins of linguistic meaning in perception and action, Gary Marcus on the evolution of human language, and Asif Ghazanfar on protoliiguistic vocal co-operativity in monkeys.

Featured Lectures

Friedemann PulvermullerFriedemann Pulvermuller (2012)

Building meaning from action and perception

Asif GhazanfarAsif Ghazanfar (2014)

The developmental neuromechanics and evolution of vocal cooperation

Gary Marcus (2014)

Bridging biology and computation in the service of understanding how language evolved

Other Lectures

Actions and events modeled in conceptual spaces

Goal encoding and monitoring in monkey prefrontal cortex

A case study in brain architecture: from action to language

Role of prefrontal cortex in decision making: across-task interference effects in a duration discrimination task and prediction of other choices in a social interactive task
Technology assisted reading acquisition (TARA): acquiring literacy naturally

Mathew Diamond (2008)
Sense of touch: transformation from physical parameters to object category in the whisker system