Fifteen speakers in this 3-day workshop on "New Perspectives in Animal Models of Language" will explore new insights into syntactic and semantic aspects of natural communication in animals (ranging from mice and parrots to monkeys and whales), describe behavioral and neural studies of brain activity in animals trained to discriminate human phonemes and learn simple grammars, present recent findings on the neural basis for mimicry and auditory memory that may underlie language ability, and examine brain imaging studies showing similarities in brain organization for processing communication sounds in dogs, monkeys, and humans and other species. This exciting research field raises many profound questions related to the evolution and neural basis of language and will be of interest to a broad community including those in linguists, biologists, psychologists, zoologists, audiologists and hearing scientists, behaviorists, artificial language theorists, engineers, and neuroscientists.

Friday 22 - Sunday 24


This workshop will be held at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.


September 22, 2017 (Friday) session: FREE but must REGISTER to attend.

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Friday Only

September 22 - 24, 2017 (Friday - Sunday) sessions:
Registration fee includes all sessions, lunch on Saturday and all refreshment breaks.

$30 - Faculty early bird fee good through 9/16, $50 starting 9/19

$15 - Student early bird fee good through 9/16, $25 starting 9/19

Full Workshop

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The mission of the Brain and Behavior Initiative (BBI) at the University of Maryland (UMD) is to revolutionize the interface between engineers and neuroscientists by generating novel tools and approaches to understand complex behaviors produced by the human brain.