Linguistics Colloquium: Michal Ben-Shachar

31/01/2017 - 14:00 - 15:30

Michal Ben-Shachar, Bar Ilan University

Title: Dorsal and ventral pathways in language and associated cognitive skills
Abstract: Current models of language processing in the brain typically feature distinct pathways or streams of information processing. While the anatomical division is clear, functional distinctions between the streams are debated. I will present data from diffusion MRI studies suggesting some level of functional segregation between the dorsal and ventral streams involved in language processing in the brains of children and adults. However, I argue that the long range connections that are quantified reliably with dMRI do not map to a single cognitive component. Tentative interpretation of neuro-cognitive associations in white matter may be attempted considering the distribution of affected pathways, in the context of behavioral data and psycholinguistic models.


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