Sunday, January 30, 2011
Saturday, January 29, 2011
For those looking for the latest review on the N400 component, The Annual Review of Psychology has an online advance publication of Kutas and Federmeier’s (2011) paper entitled: “Thirty years and counting: Finding meaning in the N400 component of the event-related brain potential (ERP).” The authors provide a fascinating historical take on the N400 which is recommended reading even for experienced language ERPers. Kutas and Federmeier’ divide their chronological review into three decades: characterizing a measure (1980-1988); first questions and debates (1989-1998); and new and maturing research lines (1999-2009). Each section concisely covers the primary N400 research findings for that decade organized by topic (e.g., discourse processing, plausibility, word recognition, etc.). Rather than reviewing these findings, what I would like to discuss is Kutas and Federmeier’s theoretical reinterpretation of the N400. (Read more…)
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Steve Small, editor of Brain and Language, has recently moved his lab to UC Irvine. He is currently searching for "promising junior scientists ... with serious interest in fundamental neuroscience questions about language, including (but not restricted to) comprehension, production, lexical semantics, sentential semantics, syntax, phonology, motor function, or effects in aging or aphasia." More information can be found on the original post at Talking Brains.
Tuesday, January 25, 2011
The folks over at Neuroanthropology provide an interesting link to Muturzikin , a website which hosts detailed language maps from across the world. Below is a snapshot of the languages of Northern California and Nevada.