School of Psychology Lecture

The School of Psychology would like to invite you to this seminar on 15th December, 3-4pm.

We are delighted to announce our guest speaker Dr Evelyne Mercure.

Evelyne Mercure is a Lecturer in Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London. She studied Speech and Language Pathologies (BSc) and Neuroscience (MSc) at the University of Montreal before completing a PhD at Birkbeck’s Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development. Evelyne was a postdoc at Birkbeck and Kings and held three independent fellowships at UCL before moving to Goldsmiths. Her work uses techniques from cognitive neuroscience to understand how the developing brain processes social stimuli – such as faces, language and voices. She has a particular interest in brain development and language learning in hearing babies who have deaf parents.

Presentation title: Experience-dependent plasticity in early language: insights from hearing infants with deaf mothers

Abstract: If a deaf mother uses a signed language, such as British Sign Language (BSL), as her preferred mode of communication, the communicative experience of her hearing infant is likely to differ from that of hearing infants of hearing mothers. This presentation will discuss behavioural, eye-tracking and fNIRS data from hearing infants of deaf mothers, in comparison with monolingual and bilingual infants with hearing mothers. These data assess the influence of early experience on face and speech processing, as well as language learning and its neural substrate. Collectively, these studies aim to clarify experience-dependent plasticity in early neurocognitive development.


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