Welcome to Language & Cognition at UConn

The Language and Cognition Program is accepting applications for PhD students to begin in Fall, 2021. Deadline for application: Dec 1, 2020. Click here for details.

Research in the program touches on several major themes:

  • Language processing in typical and disordered populations (Myers, Magnuson, Rueckl, Altmann, Tabor, Pugh, Yee, Hancock, Hoeft)
  • Music perception and cognition (Large)
  • Cognitive modeling (Rueckl, Magnuson, Tabor, Altmann, Large, Hancock, Hoeft)
  • Dynamical systems approaches to perception, language, and cognition (Large, Tabor)
  • Neurobiology of language and cognition (Myers, Yee, Magnuson, Rueckl, Pugh, Large, Altmann, Hancock, Hoeft)
  • Semantic memory and concept formation (Yee, Altmann)
  • Event Cognition (Altmann)
  • Reading and reading disorders (Pugh, Magnuson, Rueckl, Hancock, Hoeft)
  • Sentence processing (Altmann, Tabor)
  • Speech processing (Brodman, Magnuson, Myers)
  • Auditory neuroscience (Large)

The Language & Cognition group is a part of the Perception and Action division. We have a strong track-record in interdisciplinary research with work spanning from theory and computational modeling to empirical cognitive and neuroscience research.

Our group is a core member of three interdisciplinary graduate training programs: the Neurobiology of Language program (launched with NSF IGERT funding), Science of Learning and Art of Communication (funding by an NSF NRT training grant), and Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication (funded by an NIH pre- and postdoctoral training grant).

We have strong collaborative links to researchers outside of UConn as well as our colleagues in Linguistics, Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, the Developmental and Behavioral Neuroscience divisions in the Department of Psychology, Philosophy, Biomedical Engineering, Educational Psychology, UConn Health, the School of Medicine, the Center for the Ecological Study of Perception and Action (CESPA), the Institute for Brain and Cognitive Sciences (IBACS) and the Cognitive Science program at the University of Connecticut. In addition, Haskins Laboratories, an internationally renowned interdisciplinary research facility located nearby in New Haven, provides a stimulating environment for research and training.

Facilities include state-of-the-art MRI, high-density EEG, and TMS at UConn’s Brain Imaging Research Center (BIRC), tDCS, EEG and eye-tracking at the Cognitive Sciences Shared Electrophysiology Resource Laboratory (CSSERL), as well as several other eye-trackers and other behavioral techniques available in individual PI’s labs, as well as access to computing clusters, lab space, and a dynamic program of colloquia, internal talk series and interest groups.

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Events and Announcements

Upcoming Language and Cognition Brownbags:

Fall 2020 talks will be held via Zoom.

Time: 3:30-5:00 pm, Tuesdays

9/1/20 Scheduling Meeting
9/8/20 L&C Faculty Meeting
9/15/20 L&C Faculty Meeting
9/22/20 Phoebe Gaston – Syntactic vs. lexical prediction in fMRI and MEG
9/29/20 Sahil Luthra – Robust lexically-mediated compensation for coarticulation
10/06/20 BIRC Speaker Series: Damien Fair – Developmental cognitive neuroscience in the era of big data
10/13/20 Virtual Poster Presentation Walk-Through: SNL/NBL
10/20/20 Christian Brodbeck (tentative) – Continuous Speech Preprocessing/Analyzing MEG/EEG Responses
10/27/20 Psychonomics Poster Presentation Walk-Through
11/3/20 Gerry Altmann – Finding Structure in Time and in Recurrent Neural Networks
11/10/20 Yanina Prystauka – Dissertation Defense (tentative)
11/17/20 Monica Li Dissertation Defense – Computational Principles of Predictive Processing in Human Spoken Word Recognition
11/24/20 Thanksgiving Recess
12/1/20 BIRC Speaker Series: Gyorgy Buzsaki – Title TBA
12/8/20 Yi Wei Dissertation Proposal