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Emmanuel Dupoux, EHESS, Paris, France.
 
Date: Jun 02, 2011

What: Early language acquisition: functional brain imaging in infants using Near InfraRed Spectroscopy


What: Early language acquisition: functional brain imaging in infants using Near InfraRed Spectroscopy

When: Thursday, June 2nd, 5:00pm

Who: Emmanuel Dupoux, EHESS, Paris, France.

Where: BCBL, Paseo Mikeletegi 69, Floor 2.

Summary:

The structural and functional organizations that underlies language acquisition is still poorly known, due to the difficulties in conducting brain imaging in human infants. Near InfraRed Spectroscopy (NIRS) holds a lot of promise as a non invasive, silent, and portable brain imaging technique for the study of infants. After presenting this technique, I will outline some of the results we recently obtained in newborns, 3 month and 5 month olds, with a particular focus on the early development of hemispheric specialization for linguistic stimuli as well as the early acquisition of phonetic contrasts and the capacity to discriminate languages.