Speech perception at birth: NIRS and EEG studies

Speech perception at birth: NIRS and EEG studies
Speaker: Prof. Judit Gervain, Université Paris Descartes & CNRS, Paris, France

11 Maggio 2015, 2.00-3.00 pm

Aula Magna “Cesare Musatti”, via Venezia 8, Padova

Understanding how human infants perceive the speech signal at the
initial state of language acquisition has been a central question in
cognitive science. This talk will present a series of NIRS and NIRSEEG
co-recording studies exploring how newborns perceive speech
and other related auditory signals. The studies investigate whether
the brain is specialized from the get-go to process speech as a
special auditory stimulus, and will identify some perceptual and
learning mechanisms present at birth which might help young infants
break into language.

Local organizers:
Silvia Benavides-Varela, Roberto Dell’Acqua, Antonino Vallesi