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Ruth de Diego-Balaguer. Prediction and attention in language learning.
 
Date: Dec 10, 2015

What: Prediction and attention in language learning

Where: BCBL Auditorium

Who: Ruth de Diego-Balaguer, PhD, ICREA Research Professor, Cognition and Brain Plasticity Unit, Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.

When: 2 PM


Speech is composed of sequences of syllables, words and phrases. These elements unfold in time in specific orders and with specific durations. Therefore, acquiring a language requires not only learning each of these representations but also the order that governs their combination. In this talk I will present novel developmental and neuroimaging evidence indicating that learning non-adjacent dependencies in language is intimately related to the ability to predict forthcoming elements and to tune attention accordingly to their most likely time of appearance.