The stunning ability to communicate abstract messages is a quintessential human trait that uniquely defines us in the animal kingdom. At the same time, human language is a complex behavior that presumably draws in large parts on evolutionarily younger neural/cognitive systems. Research in the Human Language Processing (HLP) Lab seeks to understand the computational cognitive systems that allow the human brain to communicate information at a rate and complexity that far exceeds that of other animals.
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Language science that caught our ear
HLP Lab now runs an informal talk series. Work we dig, that caught our attention, researchers we're curious about, and lots of discussion. Sometimes per Skype, sometimes by collocation. Thank you to our presenters for making time.
2017-02-28: Andrés Buxó-Lugo (PhD student, Department of Cognitive Psychology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) Expectations and adaptation in prosodic processing
2017-01-23: Bruno Nicenboim (PhD student, Department of Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany) Models of retrieval in sentence comprehension: A computational evaluation using Bayesian hierarchical modeling
2016-11-03: Laura Gwilliams (PhD student, Cognition and Perception Doctoral Program, New York University) In spoken word recognition, the future predicts the past.