The Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) is kindly inviting you to participate in the Winter School 2015 on “Neurobiology of Language and Communication”, held on January 3 – 9, 2016 in Obergurgl, Austria.
Language is a higher cognitive function that is typically associated with human communication. The underlying neuronal systems have been largely unraveled, using e.g. fMRI. Studies over the past decades have shown that similar systems and functions are also in place for social communication in other species. Notably, research on how birds learn their own songs has provided deep insights into the neurobiology of language-like communication, including detailed analyses at the molecular, cellular and circuit level.
Advances have also been made in the genetic basis of language formation and diseases thereof. Animal models (mice or non-human primates) allow a deeper understanding of the developmental aberrations linked to genetic variations. This school will provide students with the latest insights into the neurobiology of language and communication, emphasizing similarities across species as well as pointing out which models are most suitable to address specific aspects. The course is meant for PhD students and postdocs with a neurobiological background and preferably some knowledge of the subject.
- David Poeppel (New York University, USA)
- Nina Dronkers (University of California, USA)
- Steffen Hage (University of Tübingen, Germany)
- Simon E. Fisher (Radboud University, The Netherlands)
- Karl Zilles (RWTH University, Germany)
- Dan Margoliash (University of Chicago, USA)
- Anne Christophe (Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (LSCP) — CNRS, France)
- Franck Ramus (Ecole Normale Superieur — CNRS, France).
There are few stipends (covering the registration fee) available for candidates from disadvantaged countries. Any applicant in need of a grant should however first try to request it from the lab, institution or government if possible. Once an applicant has been accepted to the school, the available grants will be provided on the basis of need.