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CMNI Lecture: Eddie Chang, University of California, San Francisco @ MI 348
Sep 17 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Edward Chang
Neurological Surgery
University of California, San Francisco

The Encoding of Speech Sounds in Human Temporal Lobe


The human superior temporal lobe is critical for extracting meaningful linguistic features from speech input. Local neural populations are tuned to acoustic-phonetic features of all consonants and vowels, as well as dynamic cues for intonational pitch. These populations are embedded throughout broader functional zones that are sensitive to amplitude-based temporal cues for prosody. Beyond speech features, temporal cortex representations are strongly modulated by learned knowledge and perceptual goals. I will review emerging concepts on the computations that take place in this remarkable cortical region required for speech perception.

Edward Chang is the Jeanne Robertson Distinguished Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of California, San Francisco. His research focuses on the discovery of cortical mechanisms of high-order neurological function in humans. Dr. Chang is Co-Director of the Center for Neural Engineering & Prostheses at UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco. Dr. Chang is the 2015 Blavatnik National Laureate in Life Sciences, recipient of the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, and HHMI Faculty Scholars Award.

Bring your own lunch

Beverages and cookies provided

Carnegie Mellon Forum on Biomedical Engineering
Sep 19 @ 9:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Carnegie Mellon Forum on Biomedical Engineering – Thursday, September 19, 9:00am – 5:30pm (CMNI co-sposonsor)

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Neurobiology: Eliades @ Victoria Hall 123
Sep 23 @ 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurobiology
Presents a Neurobiology Research Seminar:

“Speaking and hearing: What marmosets can teach us about the sensory-motor control of voice and the evolutionary origins of vocal communication”

Steven J. Eliades, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Otorhinolaryngology:
Head and Neck Surgery
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Monday, September 23rd, 2019

10:00am- 11:00am

Victoria Hall 123

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