What is Cognitive Science

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


"What is Cognitive Science?"

This lunchtime talks series is designed to introduce the University community to issues in Cognitive Science. Cognitive Science is one the the few fields where modern developments in computer science and artificial intelligence promise to shed light on classical problems in psychology and the philosophy of the mind. Ancient questions of how we see the world, understand language, and reason, and questions such as 'how a material system can know about the outside world', are being explored with the powerful new conceptual prosthetics of computer modeling.

The talks in this lunchtime lecture series are every Thursday during the Fall semester from ** 12:00-1:00 ** in the Psychology Building, Room 101 on  Busch Campus.

Note: Talks are also announced by email (with reminders sent the day of the talk) to people who have requested to be placed on our announce list. If you would like to be added to our announce list, please email the Business Office (business_manager@ruccs.rutgers.edu).