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Do Language Genes Exist?

Dr. Karin Stromswold

Thursday, November 13, 2003, 12:00pm - 07:00pm

Psychology - Rutgers University

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November 13, 2003 at 12:00 pm

Psychology Room 101, Busch Campus

Dr. Karin Stromswold

Psychology - Rutgers University

Do Language Genes Exist?

Some researchers argue that the ability to acquire and use language is
largely the result of innate predispositions that are specific to
language (the innateness hypothesis).  If the innateness hypothesis is
correct, these predispositions must be encoded for in our DNA.  In
this talk I will discuss the results of metanalyses performed on over
100 genetic studies of language.  In addition to providing an overview
of what s known about the genetics of language, I will discuss some
uresolved questions about the genetics of language and recent research
in our lab that attempts to address these questions.

Dr. Karin Stromswold