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Departmental Colloquium: The neural mechanisms of early speech perception and language acquisition

Judit Gervain
Wednesday, November 15, 2023, 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Judit Gervain is a Professor at the Department of Developmental and Social Psychology.
Her research focuses early speech perception and language acquisition in typically developing monolingual, bilingual infants as well as in infants with hearing difficulties. She uses behavioral as well as brain imaging techniques to explore the perceptual, linguistic and cognitive development of these infants and their underlying neural correlates. She has done pioneering work in newborn speech perception using near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS), revealing the impact of prenatal experience on early perceptual abilities, and has been one of the first to document the beginnings of the acquisition of grammar in newborns and preverbal infants.