The Signing Brain: What Sign Languages Reveal about Human Language and the Brain


WHEN September 12, 2013
6 PM EST WHERE 19 Washington Square North WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in New York Open to the Public

Sign languages are understood by the eye rather than by the ear and are produced by the hands rather than by the tongue. Are the same key brain areas involved in producing and comprehending spoken and signed languages? Does the brain distinguish between pantomimes and signs? The “yes” answers to these questions show that the human brain is designed for linguistic functions, regardless of the sensory-motor properties of the language.

In collaboration with the Neuroscience of Language Laboratory, NYUAD 
Alec Marantz, Principal Investigator and Professor of Linguistics and Psychology, NYUNY

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