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Conference by Evelyne Mercure, PhD

25 août 2016 @ 16 h 00 min - 18 h 00 min

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Voice and language processing in the infant brain

From the first days of life, babies appear to be naturally attracted to human voices. Recent advances in neuroimaging methods now allow studying brain responses to these socially relevant stimuli in young infants. Both fMRI and fNIRS suggest a network of areas specialised for processing human speech and non-speech vocalisations in infancy.

However, it is unclear how these patterns of activation are influenced by early pre-and post-natal experience. Hearing infants with deaf parents have a very different early experience of speech and language to that of hearing infants with hearing parents. For this reason they represent a unique opportunity to study the potential role of experience in shaping brain representation for language. Preliminary fNIRS activation to spoken and sign language will be discussed in relation to language experience in infants with deaf parents, infants with monolingual hearing parents and infants with bilingual hearing parents.

Evelyne Mercure studied Speech & Language Pathologies, as well as Neuroscience at Universite de Montreal before moving to London in 2004. She obtained her PhD from Birkbeck College, University of London in 2008. She is presently a Future Research Leader fellow at UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and is interested in preverbal communication and social perception in the infant brain. She is currently studying the impact of early language experience on infant brain development and language learning.


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25 août 2016
16 h 00 min - 18 h 00 min
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