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Presentations

2017

Understanding the dynamic network organization of communication and the brain using TV and film, Internaitonal Convention of Psychological Sciences, Vienna, Austria

2016

Distributed networks of speech production regions play a context determined role in speech perception, Society for the Neurobiology of Language, London, UK

 

Reorganization of the neurobiology of speech perception after sentence overlearning, Society for the Neurobiology of Language, London, UK

2015

Big questions in cognitive science workshop, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Context is all: There is no fixed organization of language and the brain, EuroAsianPacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science, Turin, Italy

Context is all: There is no fixed organization of language and the brain. Language in Context: An Ecological Turn in Embodied Language, European Psychological Society Workshop, London, UK

Echoes of the spoken past: How the brain ‘hears’ context during spoken language comprehension, Neuroscience Seminar Series, Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK

Echoes of the spoken past: How the brain ‘hears’ nonverbal context during spoken language comprehension. ‘The Social Life of Voices’ symposium, British Neuroscience Association, Festival of Neuroscience, Edinburgh, UK

Interdisciplinary language research from a cognitive neuroscience perspective. Reappraising the role of linear structure in language workshop. Lorentz Center, Leiden, Netherlands

The natural organization of language and the brain. The School of Psychology, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Towards a neurobiology of conversation: Social interactive alignment as context for language understanding, Language Group, Wellcome Trust Centre For Neuroimaging, University College London, UK

Towards a neurobiology of natural language use. Centre for Educational Neuroscience, Birkbeck, Institute of Education, and University College London, UK

2014

And an echo murmured back the word: How the brain constructs the speech we hear, Cognitive, Perceptual and Brain Sciences Seminar, University College London, London, UK

Echoes of the Spoken Past: Why real-world speech perception is not all that auditory to the brain, “A neurobiology of naturalistic language use?'” Symposium at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Proof of principle for a novel method of detecting brain network patterns during action-observation,  MDS 18th International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders, Stockholm, Sweden

Putting the text in neural context: Short term experiential reorganization of language and the brain, Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2013

A situation at hand: Sign language learning dynamically re-organizes spoken language comprehension and the brain, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA, USA

How heard speech is a multimodal construction of the brain and what this tells us about signed languages. DCAL: Deafness Cognition And Language Research Centre, University College London, London, UK

Languages’ transmogrifier: The role of motor cortex in processing observed iconic co-speech gestures, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Seattle, Washington, USA

Understanding the natural organization of language and the brain, Autumn school Methods in Language Comprehension, University of Trento, Rovereto, Italy

2012

Emotions speak louder, then words: Non-verbal emotional cues predict forthcoming words, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Chicago, IL, USA

Hearing lips and… hands, smiles and print too: How listening to words in the wild is not all that auditory to the brain, University College London, Division Of Psychology And Language Sciences, London, UK

Re-visioning language and the brain: Auditory language comprehension is dynamically supported by visual cortex, Neurobiology of Language, San Sebastian, Spain

Natural language comprehension in Japanese-English bilinguals, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Beijing, China

Spatially separable networks for observed mouth and gesture movements during language comprehension, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Chicago, IL, USA

2011

Embodied language and decision making, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Antonio, Texas, USA

Lending a helping hand to hearing: How the brain extracts information from nonverbal movements to improve learning, Embodied Learning Symposium, Marlboro College, Marlboro, Vermont, USA

2010

Co-speech gestures facilitate language comprehension by reducing subsequent reliance on brain regions associated with early sensory processing, International Society for Gesture Studies, Frankfurt, Germany

How the brain predicts forthcoming words during sentence listening, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Montreal, Canada

The how and why of gesture in the brain, Workshop on the Neuroscience of Gesturing, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Leipzig, Germany

The new organization of language and the brain, Consolider CogNeuro Seminar Series, University of Barcelona and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcellona, Spain

The new organization of language and the brain, Science Colloquium Series, Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY, USA

When your brain stops listening: Predicted discourse content causes the response in auditory cortex to decay, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Barcelona, Spain

2009

Context and the role of the predictive brain in real-world communication, Department of Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA.

Dynamic functional reorganization of the brain when observed individual actions become joint actions, Joint Action Meeting (JAM3), Amsterdam, Netherlands

Neural activity underlying passive perception of native vs. non-native contrasts, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA, USA

Responses to two types of behaviorally relevant variability in speech in a passive fMRI paradigm, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA, USA

So you think your brain is smarter than a 5th grader?, Annual Winter Conference on Current Issues in Developmental Psychobiology, St. Croix, Virgin Islands, USA

The brain uses co-speech gestures to set the context for speech understanding, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA, USA

The neurobiology of communication in natural settings, Neurobiology of Language, Chicago, IL, USA

The neurobiology of communication in natural settings, The Department of Psychology Colloquium, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

The role of context and the predictive brain during real-world communication, Center for the Study of Brain, Mind, and Behavior (CSBMB), Princeton University, Princeton, NY, USA

2008

Change detection to speech sounds in the auditory dorsal stream, Society for Neuroscience Meeting, Washington DC, USA

Lending a helping hand to hearing: Speech associated gestures and the relationship between Broca’s area, the cortical motor system, and the mirror system, Gesture Focus Group, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, USA

Novel approaches to fMRI analysis, John Merck Fund Summer Institute on the Biology of Developmental Disabilities, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Observing joint actions: the brain keeps tabs on each actor’s movements in segregated processing streams, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA, USA

Observing multiple people acting: Separability of cortical processing streams associated with each person’s actions, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Melbourne, Australia

Supramarginal and angular gyri respond to acoustic changes that are also phonetic but not because of habituation to phoneme identity, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA, USA

Two scientists and a cup: How the brain keeps track of each actor during joint action, Cognitive Brown Bag Series, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA

The neural mosaics of face sensitivity across development: a multivariate approach, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA, USA

2007

Emotional speech modulates network activation during hand movement by stroke patients, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Chicago, IL, USA

Gestures in the brain’s language, International Society for Gesture Studies, panel on Neurocognition of gesture, Chicago, IL, USA

Observed iconic and metaphoric speech-associated gestures are processed differently by ventral and dorsal premotor cortex, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, NY, USA

Revealing tuning functions with brain imaging data using a peak fit analysis, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Chicago, IL, USA

2006

Gestures in the brain’s language, Fall Psychology Colloquium Series, Rutgers University, Newark, New Jersey, USA

Hearing lips and seeing voices: How cortical areas supporting speech production mediate audiovisual speech perception, Haskins Laboratories, New Haven, Connecticut, USA

How is audiovisual speech processing affected by the recent audiovisual past? An fMRI study, International Conference on Cognitive and Neural Systems, Boston, MA

Increased brain activity in the observation-execution matching system for animated versus real faces during audiovisual speech perception, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Florence, Italy

Lending a helping hand to hearing: The role of the cortical motor system in face-to-face communication, Embodied Communication, Joint Action, Social Understanding workshop, ZiF, Universitat Bielefeld, Bielefeld, Germany

Meaningful mouth and hand movements play a role in language comprehension: Evidence from fMRI, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Florence, Italy

Neurophysiological networks for extracting meaning from hand and face movements relevant to spoken language comprehension, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Florence, Italy

Speech associated gestures and the relationship between Broca’s area and the language mirror system, Architecture of Language, Pisa, Italy

The cortical motor system simulates action descriptions conveyed by words and gestures, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA, USA

The recent audiovisual past affects speech processing via modulation of neural activity in auditory and visual regions, Architecture of Language, Pisa, Italy

The role of hand and face movements in the biology of spoken language comprehension: A network approach, Neurocognition of Gesture Processing, Leipzig, Germany

Virtual brain transplantation: An approach for accurate registration and parcellation of brain injured patients, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Florence, Italy

2005

Common motor circuitry for audiovisual speech imitation and audiovisual speech perception, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Toronto, Canada

Face to face social interaction and inferior frontal processing, Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, USA

Hearing lips: speech perception and a frontal neural system for motor simulation, Annual University of Chicago/Northwestern University Psychology Graduate Students Symposium, Chicago, IL, USA

Language-associated gesture modulates areas of the brain involved in action observation and language comprehension, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Toronto, Canada

Lending a helping hand to hearing: The role of the cortical motor system in face-to-face communication, Cognitive Brown Bag in Psychology, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA

Neural correlates of emotional processing during the audiovisual presentation of stories, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Toronto, Canada

The role of ventral premotor and primary motor cortex in audiovisual speech perception, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Toronto, Canada

2004

Change deafness in a telephone conversation, Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Hearing lips and seeing voices in the brain – Motor mechanism of speech perception, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA, USA

Your brain says what it sees – Motor mechanisms of audiovisual speech perception, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Budapest, Hungry

2003

Face to face social interaction and inferior frontal processing, Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL, USA

Sentence-level repetition priming as measured by brain activity is modulated by syntactic complexity and task demands, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, New York, NY, USA

Motor imagery – A novel perspective on the network organization of the motor system in the human brain, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, New York, NY, USA

Cortical activation associated with lexical tone acquisition, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, New York, NY, USA

2002

Speech perception and the inferior frontal neural system for motor imitation, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, San Francisco, CA, USA

2001

Language processing without motor processing is bilaterally symmetric, American Academy of Neurology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

On the non-independence of language subcomponents, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, Brighton, England