The next CCR seminar will be on Tuesday 9th May, 4-5.30pm, CiNN Conference Room, Psychology. All welcome.
Discussion will be lead by Prof. Phil Beaman (Psych). Please find below a handout and the reading for the session:
CCR members may be interested in the following CeLM talk:
‘Can people with developmental disorders function successfully as bilinguals?
by Dr Napoleon Katsos – University of Cambridge
Date Wed 10th May 2017
Time 15h00 – 16h30
Among parents and professionals, there is a common, albeit empirically unsupported belief that bilingual exposure may be detrimental to the language development of children with neurodevelopmental and other related disabilities (Griswold, 2016). In this presentation we will first report the findings from a systematic review on the impact of bilingualism on the linguistic and social development of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities (Uljarević et al., 2016). We will then share some findings from research with bilingual children with ASD and their competence with core language and pragmatics (Reetzke et al., 2015). The overall conclusion is that while there are substantial gaps in research, bilingualism does not seem to have an adverse effect on the development of children with neurodevelopmental disabilities, while there are reasons to expect that it might even have a beneficial impact in certain respects. We will conclude by outlining a new project that will address some of the gaps in the literature.
Reetzke, R, Zou, X., Sheng, L., & Katsos, N. (2015). Communicative Development in Bilingually Exposed Chinese Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 58(3):813-25.
Uljarević, M.. Katsos, N., Hudry, K. and Gibson, J.L. (2016). Multilingualism and neurodevelopmental disorders – an overview of recent research and discussion of clinical implications. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 10.1111/jcpp.12596
The summer seminar series kicks off soon (Tues 9th May, 4-5.30pm, CiNN seminar room). The latest version of the programme can be found here:
We will be running the CCR summer seminar series again this year. Full details to follow but preliminary details are below.
The psychology of philosophical thought experiments: knowledge, ordinary language, and stakes-sensitivity
Description: This seminar series will investigate whether—and if so, how—“ordinary” ways of understanding philosophical questions diverge from the ways philosophers understand those same questions. We will focus on recent experimental studies of the “stakes sensitivity” of knowledge, which evaluate whether judgments that a person knows something are influenced by the consequences (or “stakes”) of being right and wrong about it. Our aim will be to come to a better understanding of how to design experiments that investigate philosophical questions.
When: Tuesday 9th, 16th, 23rd May, 6th June. 16.00-17.30pm.
Where: CINN Conference Room, Psychology Building.
If you have any questions, please email Emma Borg (email@example.com)
CCR members may well be interested in this programme of talks from the Medical Humanities group at Reading. Seminars will take place fortnightly on
Mondays from 1 to 1.50 pm in Humss G74
Monday 23 January
Dr Mary Lewis (Reading, Archaeology): Teenage Kicks: work, puberty and health in medieval England
Monday 6 February
Prof. Paul Higgs (University College London, Medical Sociology): TBC
Monday 20 February
Prof. Margot Gosney (Reading, Clinical Health Sciences): Clinical solutions through academic work in Older People
Monday 6 March
Patient/Public representative – TBC
Monday 20 March
Prof Tess Fitzpatrick (Swansea, Linguistics): Age-related changes in lexical retrieval behaviour: a consequence of cognitive decline or accumulated learning
CCR members may well be interested in the following event, organised and hosted by the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at Reading.
Generative Linguistics in the 21st Century: the Evidence and the Rhetoric
Prof. Noam Chomsky (MIT, USA)
Prof. Adriana Belleti (University of Siena, Italy)
Prof. Hagit Borer (Queen Mary, London, UK)
Prof. Stephen Crain (Macquaire University, Australia)
Prof. Tanja Kupisch (University of Konstanz & UiT the Arctic University of Norway)
Prof. Terje Lohndal (NTNU & UiT the Arctic University of Norway)
Prof. Luigi Rizzi (University of Siena, Italy & University of Geneva, Switzerland)
Prof. Ian Roberts (Cambridge University, UK)
Prof. Ianthi Tsimpli (Cambridge University, UK)
Prof. Charles Yang (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
Prof. Jason Rothman (University of Reading)
Prof. Doug Saddy (University of Reading)
Where: University of Reading
When: May 11th, 2017
Hosts: The School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences (PCLS)
The fields of linguistics, cognitive science and psychology were forever changed starting in the 1950s on the coattails of the cognitive revolution against behaviourism. Chomsky’s (1959) review of Skinner’s Verbal Behaviour is one of the key turning points in this endeavour from which what would become the dominant theory of modern linguistics was born. Generative linguistics, often referred to as Universal Grammar (UG), has maintained for six decades now that humans are born endowed with domain-specific linguistic knowledge. In other words, the human brain comes pre-equipped with some type of innately determined blueprint to the general structure of language. Exactly what is universal and domain-specific with respect to linguistic knowledge has been the matter of debate and changing proposals over the past 6 decades, however, the core tenet of the generative program remains: at least some parts of language are provided by a genetic endowment. Although there is no question that parts of language are/can be learned in the truest sense, that input quantities and qualities matter, that social environment and interaction bring much to bear, a careful consideration of the preponderance of all evidence still “leaves little hope that [much of the structure of] language can be learned by an organism initially uniformed as to its general character, Chomsky, 1965: 58”. The purpose of this workshop is to present and consider the evidence that still points in this direction, while at the same time sifting through and seriously considering the rhetoric that in recent years has rejected the general tenets of generative linguistics. In doing so, we will examine the role of generative linguistics at present and consider where it will be going as the 21st century unfolds. The workshop features a keynote talk by Professor Chomsky and plenaries from 9 other renowned linguists, working on formal linguistic theory and its application to acquisition and processing in children and adult learners. The day culminates in a moderated panel discussion with all our invited speakers, where audience members can ask questions.
If you are interested in attending this workshop, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest by Friday 20th January 2017. Further details about the workshop, including how to book will be announced soon.
Title: The Bodily Conception of Pain
Time: 11.00 – 13.00
Date: Monday 14th November
Location: Humss 301
ABSTRACT: The standard view in philosophy treats pains as mental states with a particular type of phenomenal character. This view has a number of corollaries, including that it locates pains in the mind, rules out the possibility of pain hallucinations, and denies that there can be unfelt pains. The main argument put forward in support of the standard view is that it supposedly corresponds with the ordinary or commonsense conception of pain. Despite this, empirical evidence is mounting that non-philosophers do not tend to conceptualize pains in this way; rather, they tend to treat pains as being bodily states. In this talk I will survey the current evidence, including cross-cultural research suggesting that the bodily conception of pains is not specific to English speakers.
SPEAKER: Justin Systma is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He is a leading experimental philosopher with particular focuses on pain, consciousness, and language. To read more about him and his publications visit his website.