We are interested in the mechanisms that might be responsible for a linguistic capacity to emerge only in humans. We thus study whether humans share with other animals fundamental processes that are involved in the extraction of structure from the language input. We also study linguistic and perceptual constraints that shape such processes in humans at different developmental stages. To explore these issues, we perform a variety of experiments with both human adults and infants, using both behavioural and electrophysiological experimental techniques, as well as experiments with nonhuman animals.
On September 29th-30th 2016 we will host the Beyond Language Learning Workshop.
Our recent paper on consonance processing has been covered in the news. For a brief summary, look here.
We use different populations and experimental methodologies in our studies. To run experiments with both human adult and infants we share with other groups of the Center for Brain and Cognition the Neuroscience Lab. To run the experiments with the animals we have a new setting of sound-isolated conditioning boxes located at the Parc de Recerca Biomèdica de Barcelona (PRBB).