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Neural and Behavioral Aspects of Early Language Development

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April 25, 2002
1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

NIH
Clinical Center
Lipsett Auditorium, Building 10
Bethesda, MD

This symposium presents important recent findings concerning the development of linguistic abilities in infants and young children. The speakers will describe research that uses behavioral, brain imaging, and computational methods to reveal basic principles of language development in hearing, deaf, and developmentally disabled children. At a broader level, their research provides new insights into the interplay of linguistic, perceptual, and motor development and into the nature and implications of neural plasticity.

Presenters and Abstracts:

Patricia K. Kuhl Ph.D., University of Washington, WA Language "Mapping" by the Infant Brain: New Methods and Theoretical Principles
Helen J. Neville, Ph.D., University of Oregon, OR Effects of Experience on the Development of the Language Systems of the Brain
Laura-Ann Petitto, Ph.D., Dartmouth College, NH What Babies Need to Acquire Language: On Cortical Specificity and Cortical Plasticity in the Emergence of Language

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For more information, contact:

Judith Cooper, Ph.D.
Chief, Scientific Programs Branch
Division of Extramural Research
NIDCD
6120 Executive Boulevard
EPS-400-C MSC 7180
Bethesda, MD 20892
Phone: (301) 496-5061
Fax: (301) 402-6251
E-mail: Judith_Cooper@nih.gov

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