Linguistics Department

Job Candidate - William W. Graves (Medical College of Wisconsin) "Neural bases of language revealed in regions, connections, and time"

Mon, February 6, 2012 | UTC 3.134

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Language in general, and reading in particular, were among the first functions to be studied with human functional brain imaging. Along with neuropsychological studies of regions necessary for language function and electromagnetic studies of its time course, these techniques have helped us learn much about the neural bases of reading. Current efforts, such as those discussed in this talk, move beyond the assignment of functional interpretations to individual brain areas and toward the study of connections among areas as well as the unfolding of regional activations and connections over time. Areas of activation and connections among them can also vary across individuals. In this talk I will present examples from my own work in the cognitive neuroscience of reading. These studies show not only static brain regions but also recent investigations of 1) connections among regions that vary with individual differences in behavior, and 2) the time course of activation within and establishment of connections among regions that comprise the reading brain. Using these approaches we have now begun to answer questions such as “are there different ways to be a proficient reader?” and “what is the nature of the dynamic interplay between orthographic, phonological, and semantic processing in the reading brain?”

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