Two new grants!

21st Mar
Dominika Slusna from our lab and Clara Soberats (now joining our lab coming from Antoni Gomila's group in Palma) have just won full-time PhD grants from the Generalitat and the Ministerio, respectively! Congratulations to you!!

On why autistic people are bad at imitation. A conjecture

31st Jan
Looking for convergence from different perspectives to build robust evidence for a theory: here a new attempt that combines Language/Speech evolution, Imitation theories and Autism. I will take this forward at the EVOLANG XII conference (Toruń, 16-19 April). Here is the abstract.

Why online communication can be easier for people with autism 

04th Apr

Gesture and language in aphasia

12th Feb
The relation between language and gesture has for quite some time been investigated in aphasia. Here a picture seems to be emerging: in aphasia, use of iconic gestures can increase as a compensatory mechanism for impaired language. However, there seems to be evidence that differences in this regard between aphasics and non-brain damaged people emerge particularly with word finding difficulties, not during normal speech. In this sense, iconic gesture and lexical concepts are linked. As aphasia...

New predoc grant for Antonia

07th Feb
Congratulations to Antonia Tovar who has secured a full, 3-year predoc grant ("Ajuts per a la contractacció de personal investigador novell (FI-2017)")! Antonia is currently our main researcher on the Huntington's front, but she is also involved in schizophrenia projects. For her PhD she will take our current results regarding the linguistic profile of Huntington's disease further and explore it in its more specific dimensions.

New and exciting result on language in Huntington disease!

03rd Feb
Together with Wolfram and Cati, and other colleagues from different institutions led by Ruth de Diego, some days ago we submitted the first systematic analysis of spontaneous speech as performed in a story-telling task (Cinderellla) and compared with matched controls. Central to our contribution was the design of a classificatory procedure to fine-grain the linguistic profile of HD including pre-symptomatic gene-carriers and symptomatic patients. The results appear to us to be important in...
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