Neurobiology of language and communication
Additional Organiser: Hertie Foundation
Attendance type(s): In Person
FENS members will benefit from preferential rates
Event Dates: 03—9 Jan 2016
Language is a higher cognitive function that is typically associated with human communication. The underlying neuronal systems have been largely unravelled, 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.