Sydney Lamb – Unlocking the Mind with the Key of Language: Relational Networks as a Bridge from Linguistics to Neuroscience

Le vendredi 4 octobre 2013 à 15h00, Salle DS-1950


Sydney Lamb
Rice University

If cortical structures for language are like those for other high-level skills, then if we figure out language, we also have the answer to how the cortex manages other kinds of mental processing. My claim is that the relational network theory of language provides also a general theory of cortical operation and that we can therefore now understand the essentials of higher-level human information processing more generally. This principle is illustrated by an explanatory account of unconscious priming effects on behavior as studied in cognitive psychology.


Sydney Lamb received his Ph.D. in Linguistics fro the University of California, Berkeley, and has taught at UC Berkeley, Yale University, and (for thirty years) at Rice University, where he is now Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Cognitive Science. Known as the chief originator of Stratificational Linguistics and its theory of relational networks. He is the author of Pathways of the Brain (1999) and Language and Reality (2004).

Institut des sciences cognitives

Fondé en 2003, l'Institut des Sciences Cognitives de l'UQAM vise à favoriser la recherche et le développement de compétences dans le domaine des sciences cognitives, à en partager les connaissances, à faciliter les échanges interdisciplinaires et à animer la communauté locale.


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