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NeurosciColloq: Sharon Thompson-Schill

November 22, 2013 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience Colloquium
November 22, 2013


Sharon Thompson-Schill
University of Pennsylvania

“Costs and benefits of cognitive control for language processing

Friday, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Room 6496, The Graduate Center


There is no doubt that cognitive control and language processing are intertwined:  Prefrontal cortical regions that support the ability to resolve competition between multiple, incompatible representations are recruited for both language production and language comprehension. In this talk, I will explore a somewhat less intuitive hypothesis, namely that cognitive control has both benefits and costs for language processing. After introducing the motivation for this hypothesis, I will provide evidence from three experiments in which we manipulated frontally-mediated cognitive control processes using noninvasive brain stimulation (transcranial direct current stimulation; TDCS) and observed the consequences for different aspects of language processing. I will present results from one experiment that shows a benefit of cognitive control (a categorization task), a second that shows a cost of cognitive control (a different categorization task), and a third that shows both costs and benefits (a word production task).

If you would like to meet with the speaker before or after the talk, please contact the student hosts for this week, Alexandra Gaynor (alexandra.gaynor@gmail.com) or Jenna Reider (jrieder@gc.cuny.edu), who will facilitate with these arrangements.


Organized by Tony Ro, Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Doctoral Program, The City College of the City University of New York.


November 22, 2013
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
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Room 6496, The Graduate Center

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