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The Language and Cognition Laboratory investigates human communication

Imagine that you step outside your door and you find an alien in underpants. Sure, it is unlikely. Still, just few words can get you to imagine an alien in underpants outside your front door! How can words do that?

Our research focuses on the cognitive and neurobiological basis of human communication and how through communication  humans can learn about new objects and ideas Рincluding imaginary worlds. More specifically we are interested in how we learn and represent the meaning of words across domains of knowledge, how our semantic knowledge interfaces with perception, action and emotion and how these systems are recruited during language learning.

We use tools from psychology, cognitive neuroscience and computational modelling. We seek converging evidence from different languages and different populations: adults, children, deaf individuals using British Sign Language, as well as individuals who have developed aphasia or apraxia  after brain damage.

Current focus is on multimodal communication in real-world context

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Principal investigator

Gabriella Vigliocco

Applications to the interfaculty Leverhulme Doctoral Training Programme for the Ecological Study of the Brain (ECOLOGICAL BRAIN DTP) are open! we offer 5 funded 4-year PhD places

Welcome to Ricarda Brieke, Gu Yan and Jason Drummon! New members of the lab working on the ERC ECOLOGICAL LANGUAGE project

Gabriella receives a Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award