19.2296, Confs: Neurolinguistics, Psycholinguistics/USA

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Date: 18-Jul-2008
From: Whitney Anne Postman-Caucheteux < wpostman at temple.edu >
Subject: Saffran Cognitive Neuroscience Conference


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Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 15:41:18
From: Whitney Anne Postman-Caucheteux [wpostman at temple.edu]
Subject: Saffran Cognitive Neuroscience Conference
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Saffran Cognitive Neuroscience Conference 

Date: 12-Sep-2008 - 12-Sep-2008 
Location: Philadelphia, USA 
Contact: Nadine Martin 
Contact Email: nmartin at temple.edu 
Meeting URL:

Linguistic Field(s): Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics 

Meeting Description: 

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Temple University and
the Philadelphia Neuropsychology Society are pleased to present the 3rd Annual
Eleanor M. Saffran Cognitive Neuroscience Conference. Dr. Eleanor M. Saffran was
one of the pioneers of Cognitive Neuropsychology with a career spanning some 35
years. Two remarkable features of Eleanor's career were the diversity of topics
she researched and her extraordinary ability to focus on the most intriguing
aspects of a problem.  Eleanor's research led to important developments in our
understanding and treatment of agrammatism, deep dyslexia, word deafness,
short-term memory deficits, word production, sentence processing, semantics, and
visual cognition.  

The theme of this year's conference, language processing in the multilingual
brain, is timely and in keeping with the growing need to meet the language
rehabilitation needs of a diverse population. Moreover, the study of language
processing in the multilingual brain will undoubtedly contribute insights into
theories of language processing that are not otherwise evident. The papers
presented in this conference approach this topic from several perspectives,
looking at neurological underpinnings, language acquisition, developmental and
acquired disorders. This conference will offer an excellent forum for
information exchange and discussion of clinical and theoretical issues
pertaining to language in the multilingual brain. Each presentation will be
followed by a fifteen minute question and answer session and there will be
additional opportunities for discussion during the breaks and reception.  

Sponsored by the Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience of the
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health
Professions, Temple University and Philadelphia Neuropsychology Society.

Date: Friday, September 12th, 2008
Time:  Registration begins at 8:15am
Conference from 8:30am to 5:00pm
Reception from 5:15 to 6:30pm
Location: Conference - Howard Gittis Student Center- South Room 200
13th Street between Cecil B. Moore & Montgomery Ave. 

Conference Proceedings

Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15        
Nadine Martin, Ph.D., Temple University

9:15 - 10:15      
Trilingual Agrammatism
Loraine Obler, Ph.D., Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, The City University of
New York
Mira Goral, Ph.D., Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences, Lehman College
Participants will be able to describe factors posited to distinguish
trilingualism from bilingualism.  
Participants will able to present the arguments for the effects on language
performance of age of learning a given language, degrees of recovery and use of
that language, and shared lexical items across languages.  
Participants will be able to demonstrate understanding of the ramifications for
a third language of therapy in a second language. 

10:15 - 11:15    
Age of acquisition and language proficiency in the bilingual brain
Arturo Hernandez, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, University of Houston
-Participants will demonstrate knowledge of the factors that modulate neural
activity in speakers of a second language.  
Participants will be able to describe how age of acquisition plays a role in
both monolingual and bilingual language processing.  
Participants will be able to state how functional magnetic resonance imaging
data are acquired and analyzed.

11:15 - 11:30     
Coffee Break  

11:30 - 12:30     
Lexical organization and competition in first and second languages:
Computational and neural perspectives
Ping Li, Ph.D., Department of Psychology and Program in Linguistics,
Pennsylvania State University  
-Participants will be able to identify language and its subcomponents as
dynamical, interactive, systems in which multiple variables and principles are
at work simultaneously to determine language learning outcomes as well as their
developmental profiles.
-Participants will be able to describe how computational models allow
researchers to understand learning dynamics that behavioral studies cannot
easily do.
-Participants will be able to state how neuroimaging techniques (fMRI and ERP)
allow for an inner view of how two languages are processed and represented by
one brain.

12:30 - 1:30        

1:30 - 2:30         
Language Proficiency and Phonological Skills in Bilingual Children
Brian Goldstein, Ph.D., Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders,
Temple University
-Participants will be able to describe models of language representation in
-Participants will be able to identify how factors of language proficiency
relate to phonological skills in bilingual children.
-Participants will be able to link models of language representation and factors
of language proficiency to clinical practice with bilingual children.

2:30 - 3:30        
''Specific'' Language Impairment and Children Learning a Second Language
Kathryn Kohnert, Ph.D., Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences,
University of Minnesota
-Participants will able to describe practical and theoretical issues that
motivate study at the intersection of second language (L2) acquisition and
developmental language impairment (LI).
-Participants will be able to explain inadequacies of traditional language-based
comparisons for identifying LI in children learning an L2.
-Participants will be able to identify critical results from experimental
measures that compare LI and L2 performance using alternative measures.

3:30 - 3:45             
Coffee Break 

3:45 - 4:45             
Bilingual Aphasia: Factors Affecting Recovery and Rehabilitation
Swathi Kiran, Ph.D., Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders,
University of Texas at Austin
-Participants will be able to identify effects of various factors such as
pre-stroke language proficiency and age of acquisition on lexical processing
skills in bilingual aphasia.
-Participants will be able to recognize fMRI findings of lexical semantic
processing skills in normal bilingual individuals.
-Participants will be able to list the results of semantic based treatment to
facilitate cross language generalization in patients with bilingual aphasia. 

5:00 - 6:30             

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