Using computational models to bridge between neurobiology, psychology, and linguistic theory

Thursday January 25th, 2024
Radboud University
Nijmegen, the Netherlands

Workshop topic

Human language is studied by linguists, psychologists, and neuroscientists alike. However, language researchers do not always look for ways to bridge between these disciplines. How can we use computational modelling to link levels of description of the language system? This one-day workshop is of interest to all researchers who apply computational methods to investigate the structure, use, or neurobiology of language — and in particular to those who aim to bridge between the fields of neuroscience, psychology, and linguistics.


10.00   Welcome and coffee
10.10   Alessio Quaresima Dendrites support the formation and recall of lexical memories
10.35   Martijn Bentum Listening with great expectations: An investigation of word form anticipations in naturalistic speech
11.00   Benedict Schneider The predictive power of language model surprisal for N400 and P600 effects
11.25   Coffee break
11.40   Anna Langedijk (How) can Transformers learn generalizable logic from data?
12.05   Sandro Pezzelle A psycholinguistic analysis of BERT's representations of compounds
12.30   Lunch
13.30   Olivia Guest Keynote: On Logical inference over brains, behaviour, and artificial neural networks
14.15   Claire Stevenson Do large language models solve analogies like children do?
14.40   Marianne de Heer Kloots Do self-supervised neural speech models show human-like generalization patterns in speech perception?
15.05   Coffee break
15.20   Raquel Fernández Measuring utterance predictability as distance from plausible alternatives
15.45   Yuqing Zhang Simulating Dependency Length Minimization using neural-network based learning and communication
16.10   Jakub Szewczyk Looking for prediction error representations in visuo-linguistic integration
16.35   Hugo Weissbart Linear forward models for the analysis of cortical dynamics in response to naturalistic speech
17.00   Drinks


Workshop registration is free but places are limited. If you would like to attend, please register by filling out this form.

The registration deadline for presentations has already passed (acceptance notifications will be sent by December 1st). The registration deadline for attendance is December 17th.

If you change your mind after registering, please contact the organizers!