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Seminar on neuropsychological foundations of language acquisition

The seminar on neuropsychological foundations of language acquisition took place on September 14th at Psychology department. All human languages of the world are in essence the same in their structure and functions despite their individual differences, and a typically developing child is born into the world fully equipped to acquire his/her first language. Importantly, children demonstrate near universality in the steps they take towards mastering their mother tongue, including learning it through simple exposure to their social environment. This ability is unique to humans, and my research focuses on how and at what age children acquire the patterns of their native language and also on the neuropsychological foundations of this process. In this talk I will zoom in on the "tools" (i.e., neuropsychological abilities) essential for the spontaneous emergence of speech in children, and how deficits in neuropsychological domain such as problems in attention, perception and working memory may impede this process in children with developmental language disorder. The seminar was given by Postdoctoral fellow of the department of psychology Dr. Ekaterina Tomas

The materials from this seminar can be downloaded by the following link:  NUG-seminar-2018-09-17.pdf