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Select talks on EvLab related research
Studies of unusual brains reveal critical insights into brain organization, function
. MIT News. February 2023.
The Difference Between Speaking and Thinking
. The Atlantic. February 2023.
Studying the Brains of Polyglots May Lead to Insights About Language
. Brain and Life. Oct/Nov 2022.
Efficient communication—not enabling complex thought—is the computational goal of the language system
MPI for Psycholinguistics 40th Anniversary event “The Neurobiology of Language: Key Issues and Ways Forward”. April 2021.
The neural mechanisms of language processing and their relationship to executive function mechanisms
. C-STAR Lecture Series (
). September 2020.
The language system in the human mind and brain
. Abralin ao Vivo, the talk series of the Brazilian Linguistics Association. May 2020.
Composition is the core driver of the human language system
. NeurIPS Workshop “Context and compositionality in biological & artificial neural systems”. December 2019.
Language processing in autism spectrum disorders
. SPECTRUM Webinar. April 2019.
Specialization for language in the human brain
. Center for Academic Research & Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) symposium “How Language Evolves”. February 2015.
News articles about our research
"The Curious Hole in My Head" New York Times (Sept 2022):
"Can we think without using language?" Live Science (June 2022):
"Google's powerful AI spotlights a human cognitive glitch: Mistaking fluent speech for fluent thought." (The Conversation, June 2022)
“She Was Missing a Chunk of Her Brain. It Didn’t Matter”, WIRED Magazine (April 2022):
“The remarkable brain of a carpet cleaner who speaks 24 languages”, The Washington Post (April 2022):
“Individual neurons responsible for complex social reasoning in humans identified”, MGH News and Public Affairs (Mar 2021):
“To the brain, reading computer code is not the same as reading language”, MIT news (Dec 2020):
“Uncovering the functional architecture of a historic brain area”, MIBR News (Mar 2020):
“Word play”, MIBR News (October 2019):
“Can we think without language?”, MIBR News (May 2019):
“Brain's language center has multiple roles”, MIT news (Oct 2012):
“Localizing language in the brain”, MIT news (Sept 2011):
Interviews, podcasts, etc.
2022: SlatorPod, "How the Brain Processes Language, With MIT Neuroscientist Ev Fedorenko".
2022: Brain Inspired, "Large Language Models"; with Emily Bender and Paul Middlebrooks.
2022: American Psychological Association (APA) podcast, "Speaking of Psychology: Why can some people speak dozens of languages?"
2021: World Science Festival, “Mind Your Language: Thought, Metaphor and Imagination” (a panel discussion with Brian Greene; other participants: Noam Chomsky, Daniel Dor, and Steven Pinker).
2021: Science/AAAS Custom Publishing Office Webinar “The shrinking distance between human and machine: Computing where we end and the technologies begin”.
2021: Alan Alda's “Science Clear and Vivid” podcast.
2021: Stephen Wilson's “Language Neuroscience” podcast.
2020: Patrick Cox's subtitledpod.com podcast.
2019: Christian Saunders' CangaroEnglish podcast.
2019: BBC, interview with Simon Calder for “The Polyglots. The superlinguists.”
2018: Science for the Public, interview with Yvonne Stapp for “Language acquisition: How many languages can you learn?”
2018: New Yorker, interview with Judith Thurman for “The mystery of people who speak dozens of languages.”
A short film about our research (2016)
Written, produced and directed by:
Catherine Curro Caruso