Workshop: fMRI and language processing: State of the art and future directions


fMRI and language processing: State of the art and future directions


Palmer 1.09, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, Reading, UK, RG6 6AL

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The Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM),the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN) and the Psycho-Neurolinguistics Lab at the University of Reading are jointly organising a day workshop titled: “fMRI and language processing: State of the art and future directions”.

This event will look into contemporary approaches in the study of language processing with the use of functional MRI and related techniques. It will bring together early career and established researchers and will comprise a state-of-the-art snapshot in the field, as well help discuss and unveil potential future directions for research.

This free event is organised by the Neuroscience theme of the Centre for Literacy and Multilingualism (CeLM), and is co-funded by CeLM and CINN.

Keynote speakers:

Bozic                                                          Rodd

Dr Mirjana Bozic                                                               Dr Jennifer Rodd

University of Cambridge                                           University College London


Santi                                                  Roesch

Dr Andrea Santi                                                           Dr Etienne Roesch

University College London                                       CINN, University of Reading

Workshop programme

9.00-9.20 Registration

Session 1: Introduction and methodology

9.20-9.30 Introduction Christos Pliatsikas and Theo Marinis (CeLM, CINN)

9.30-10.30 Etienne Roesch (University of Reading): fMRI: The method and its applications

10.30-11.00 Coffee break

Session 2: Syntax and semantics

11.00-12.00 Andrea Santi (University College London): fMRI Studies of Syntactic Processing: A Prediction-based Account

12.00-13.00 Jenni Rodd (University College London): What can (and cannot) be learned from fMRI: lessons from 15 years of research on lexical ambiguity

13.00-14.00 Lunch break (Light lunch will be provided)

Session 3: Morphology

14.00-15.00 Mirjana Bozic (University of Cambridge): Combinatorial language capacities in their neurobiological context

15.00-15.30 Natalia Slioussar (Higher School of Economics, Moscow, and St.Petersburg State university), Maxim Kireev, Alexander Korotkov, and Svyatoslav Medvedev (Institute of the Human Brain, Russian Academy of Sciences): Morphological regularity and processing difficulty in a lexical decision fMRI study on Russian

15.30-16.00 Swetlana Schuster (University of Oxford), Mathias Scharinger (University of Marburg), Colin Brooks (University of Oxford), Aditi Lahiri (University of Oxford) and Gesa Hartwigsen (Department of Neuropsychology, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences): The neural correlates of morphological structure detection in complex pseudowords

16.00-16.30 Coffee break

16.30-17.30 Roundtable discussion

Note that posters will be presented throughout the day


Room 1.09, Palmer building, Whiteknights Campus, University of Reading, Reading, UK, RG6 6AL

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Instructions for presenters

Length of presentations: Keynote talks will be 45 mins long, plus 15 mins for discussion. Regular talks will be 20 mins plus 10 mins for discussion. Speakers are kindly asked to bring their presentation on a USB stick, in order for it to be uploaded on our Windows PC right before their session.

Poster format: Portrait, A1 max. The poster boards will be available during the first coffee break and will stay for the entire day.


For informal queries please use the contact form.

Abstract submission information


Types of presentations: Both oral and poster presentations are invited. The two highest rated abstracts will be selected for an oral presentation, and the rest will be poster presentations.

Length of abstracts: max. 250 words, excluding references

Length of presentations: 20 min. and 10 min. for discussion

Poster format: Portrait, A1 max.

For informal enquiries please use the contact form