Linguistics Symposia at AAAS Boston 2013

Symposia in Linguistics and related areas at the 2013 meeting of
AAAS in Boston, 14-18 February
Friday 15 Feb
8:30 AM-11:30 AM
The Language Organ: The Bases of Human Language in Human Biology   
Stephen Anderson, Yale University 
Human Language in the Broader Biological Context
Steven Pinker, Harvard University 
Language as an Adaptation to the Cognitive Niche
Janet F. Werker, University of British Columbia 
Infant Speech Perception: Biological Beginnings and Experiential Influences
Erich Jarvis,
Learned Birdsong and the Neurobiology of Human Language
David Poeppel, New York University 
What We Know About the Brain Bases of Language
Karen Emmorey, Ph.D., San Diego State University 
The Generality of the Language Faculty: Biological Bases of Signed Language
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Historical Syntax  
David Lightfoot, Georgetown University 
Phase Transitions in Language History
Tony Kroch, University of Pennsylvania 
Studying the Diffusion of Syntactic Changes in Historical Corpora
Michel DeGraff, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
A Null Theory of Creole Formation
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Language Evolving: Genes and Culture in Ongoing Language Evolution  
Simon E. Fisher, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics 
Language, Evolution, and the Genomics Revolution
Russell Gray, University of Auckland 
Evolutionary Principles and the Diversification of Linguistic Form
Carol Padden,
Culture Before Genes: The Case of a Village Sign Language
7:00 PM-9:00 PM
Business meeting, Section Z: Linguistics and Language Sciences
Saturday 16 Feb
8:30 AM-11:30 AM
The Connectome: From the Synapse to Brain Networks in Health and
Mark F. Bear, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Molecules and Mechanisms Involved in Synaptic Plasticity in Health and Disease
Jeff Lichtman, Harvard University 
Connectomics: Developing a Wiring Diagram for the Mammalian Brain
Steve Petersen,
The Human Connectome Project
Marcus E. Raichle, Washington University 
The Brain's Dark Energy and the Default Mode Network
Nicole Calakos, Duke University 
Synaptic Plasticity in the Basal Ganglia in Health and Disease
William W. Seeley, University of California 
Brain Networks: Linking Structure and Function in Neurodegenerative Diseases
1:00 PM-2:30 PM
Old Dogs, New Tricks: How Plastic Is the Adult Human Brain?
Daphne Maurer, McMaster University 
Improving Vision After the Critical Period
Alex R. Carter, Washington University School of Medicine 
A “New Trick” for Neuro-Rehabilitation: Treating Networks Not Spots
Arthur Kramer,
Physical Fitness Effects on Brain and Cognition
3:00 PM-4:30 PM
Teaching the Brain to Speak Again: New Frontiers in Trauma and
Stroke Recovery
Julius Fridriksson, University of South Carolina 
Real-Time Audiovisual Feedback Enables Stroke Patients to Reacquire Speech
Cynthia Thompson, Northwestern University 
Neurocognitive Mechanisms of Syntactic Recovery in Agrammatism
Sheila Blumstein, Brown University 
Auditory Modeling Improves Aphasic Speech Production Recovery
1:30 PM-4:30 PM
Computation, Computational Efficiency and Cognitive Science
Randy Gallistel, Rutgers University 
Using Bayes' Rule to Shave with Einstein's Razor
Shimon Ullman,
Efficient Extraction of Visually Meaningful Information
Leslie Valiant,
Biological Evolution as a Form of Learning
Charles Yang, University of Pennsylvania 
Optimization in the Evolution of Language
Roland Friedrich, Humboldt University 
What is a Computation?
Anna Maria Di Sciullo,
Computational Efficiency in Naming Big Numbers
Sunday 17 Feb
8:30 AM-11:30 AM
Advances in Brain-Machine Interfaces: Applications and Implications
Miguel Nicolelis, Duke University 
BrainMachineBrain Interfaces for Virtual Tactile Exploration
Todd Coleman, University of California 
Wireless Tattoo Electronics
Nicolas Nova,
Brain-Machine Interfaces in the Real World
Martha J. Farah,
Ethical and Societal Implications of BrainMachine Interfaces
Brent Waters, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary 
Brain-Machine Interfaces and Personhood
Monday 18 Feb
9:45 AM-12:45 PM
Understanding Memory: The Legacy of Case H.M.                         
Howard Eichenbaum,
Models of Memory Processing by the Hippocampus
Brenda Milner,
Background to H.M
Suzanne Corkin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
The Nature of Amnesia
Jean Augustinack, Massachusetts General Hospital 
Postmortem Examination of H.M.'s Brain: Autopsied Brain, In Situ MRI, and Ex Vivo
Li-Huei Tsai, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Mechanisms of Memory and Memory Loss
Hynes Convention Center, Boston
Friday, February 15, 2013 - 8:30am to Monday, February 18, 2013 - 1:00pm
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