News


April 2017: Article (in Dutch) about our work on the brains of simultaneous interpreters: 

 

March 7th, 2017: TV interview with Narly at the Radio Television Suisse (19:30 news) on new language teaching approaches in schools in Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

 

March 2017: Tanja Atanasova will join our lab for a short internship.

 

Jan 7th, 2017: Our longitudinal paper on cortical thickness increases following simultaneous interpretation training has been accepted in 'Neuropsychologia'.

 

November 2016: Ella Tabari joined the lab as a visiting Erasmus student.

 

Oct 31st 2016: Narly gave a talk on the neural bases of langauge learning and expertise at University of Applied Sciences of Special Needs Education in Zurich

 

Oct 7th 2016: Our review on brain structural imaging of receptive speech has been accepted in 'Language, Cognition and Neuroscience'.

 

Sep 12th, 2016: Narly gave keynote lecture at the Conference on Multilingualism 2016 (COM2016)

 

May 15th, 2016: Josué Luiz Dalboni da Rocha joined the lab as post-doc

 

May 3rd, 2016: our paper on mutual influences between native and non-native vowels in production has been accepted in 'Journal of Phonetics' 

 

April 29th, 2016: Narly did live interview with RTS (CQFD) as the invited scientist guest of the week

 

April 9th, 2016: our review paper on how learning a second language influences the native language got accepted in 'Language Learning'  

 

March 30th, 2016: Narly did interview (go to minute 44'20'') for the RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse) on the neuroscience of music and language

 

March 30th, 2016: RTS interviews with Narly under this link

 

Feb 15th, 2016: Natalia Egorova joined the group as postdoc

 

Jan 12th, 2016: Narly did interview for the National Slovenian Radio on the show Možgani na dlani ('brain at hand')

 

Jan 10th, 2016: Damien Marie joined the group as postdoc

 

Nov 28th, 2015: Narly gave a talk at the 1st Organization for Human Brain Mapping Alpine Chapter Symposium entitled: ‘Brain Mapping of auditory and language systems: plasticity, individual abilities and learning strategies’ (Vienna, Austria).

 

Aug 28th, 2015: DTI paper on brain white matter connectivity in phoneticians accepted for publication in 'Brain Structure and Function'.

 

Aug 7th, 2015: Review of neuroimaging work on phonetic perception in bilinguals is accepted in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition.

 

June 27th, 2015: Behavioral paper on training to produce foreign speech sounds is accepted for publication in 'JASA'.

 

June 22nd, 2015:  Media article on interview with Narly on why it's easier for some people to learn languages than others (in German).

 

June 11th, 2015: Narly gave a talk at the Workshop on Second Language Processing in Barcelona, Spain.

 

June 3rd, 2015: Natalia successfully completed her PhD. Congratulations to her!

 

May 28th, 2015: Narly gave a keynote talk on language learning and expertise at the 'Montreal Bilingual Brain Initiative Symposium: Multiple Perspectives on Bilingualism and the Brain' in Montreal, Canada.

 

May 4th, 2015: Media article in German on our work in simultaneous interpreters in DasGehirn.info

 

April 30th, 2015: Our longitudinal paper on simultaneous interpretation is available in Neuroimage.

 

April 1st, 2015: We received a grant from the University of Geneva Thematic Network on Language and Communication for an inter-Faculty collaboration on language and cognitive skill in expertise. 

 

March 27th, 2015: fMRI paper on brain plasticity arising from simultaneous interpretation training accepted for publication in Neuroimage.

 

Jan 26th 2015: interview with Tages-Anzeiger on PNAS paper by Pierce and colleagues

 

Nov 19th 2014: BBC article (Mosaic Wellcome Trust journal) on our brain imaging work in simultaneous interpreters

Here is a French version of it (see 22.04.2015), and here is an audio version of it.

 

Nov. 2014: Piece on our brain imaging work in simultaneous interpreters appears in the Winter 2014 issue No. 44 of 'IN OTHER WORDS' (page 60-63) - The Journal for Literary Translators.

 

Nov 14th 2014: Alexis gave a talk on our work on the interpreters at the Rectors Conference in Brussels

 

Nov 10th 2014: Alexis gave a talk on our work on the interpreters in Copenhagen

 

Sep 2014: fMRI paper on speech intelligibility published in Cerebral Cortex 

 

Sep 2014: Ms Carola Türk joined the lab to do her Masters in Neuroscience at the University of Geneva.

 

Aug 2014: Alexis Hervais-Adelman gave a talk on our longitudinal fMRI study of simultaneous interpretation training at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language Meeting in Amsterdam

 

July 2014: fMRI paper on simultaneous interpretation published in Cerebral Cortex 

 

June 2014: Alexis Hervais-Adelman gave a talk on our longitudinal fMRI study of simultaneous interpretation training at the 20th Organization for Human Brain Mapping in Hamburg


May 2014: fMRI paper on bilingual speech in noise published in Brain and Language

 

March 2014: Real-time fMRI paper on neurofeedback training published in Plos One

 

March 2014: Roberta Santoro joined the lab to do a post-doc on functional and structural auditory cortex imaging 

 

March 2014: Radio télévision suisse (RTS, ‘La 1ère’) live interview on involvement of linguistic brain regions in recent study on music and the brain: here

 

Nov 2013: Auditory Neuroscience doctoral course  link

 

Nov 2013: Science & Vie magazine: Two back-to-back articles about our and other work on the brain, expertise and plasticity (in French), title: A Chaque Métier son Cerveau 

 

July 2013: Alexis Hervais-Adelman gave a talk on our work on the neural basis of extreme language control at the 19th International Congress of Linguistics in Geneva

 

July 2013: Alexis Hervais-Adelman gave a talk on the relationship between perception and production in L2 phonological acquisition at the 19th International Congress of Linguistics in Geneva


June 2013: Short Swiss radio interview on language learning in school for children

 
June 2013: Alexis Hervais-Adelman gave a talk on our work on brain functional and structural plasticity in simultaneous interpretation trainees at the 9th International Symposium on Bilingualism in Singapore
 
 

May 2013: Alexis Hervais-Adelman gave a talk on our fMRI work on simultaneous interpretation at the International Workshop on Bilingualism and Cognitive Control in Krakow, Poland

 
Feb 2013: Sanne Rutten joined the lab to do her PhD using ultra-high resolution fMRI on auditory cortex encoding 
 
 
Nov 2012: Short Swiss television report on our work on brain plasticity in simultaneous interpreters, click here (go to minute 21'30")
 
 

Aug 2012: the lab participates at the 4th Conference on Auditory Cortex

 
 
March 2012: Documentary in French on the brain and it's plasticity: click here, or for youtube link, here
 
 
March 2012: Narly Golestani gave a talk and participated in a round table discussion (in French) with Professors Uli Frauenfelder (linguist) and Marina Laganaro (speech pathologist): click here
 
 
Pre-2012 (media):
 

Nov 2008: Narly participated in the making of a documentary on language and brain white matter, made for Belgian TV for channel ‘La Première de la RTBF’, program name: ‘Matière Grise’, film name: "Sur le bout de la langue".


May 2007: The Economist article on our work, click here

 
April 2006: New Scientist article on our work, click here
 
 
April 2006: BBC article on our work, click here
 
 
April 2006: Radio Netherlands interview on our work