Our guest this week, Yev Diachek, is a PhD student studying Psychology at Vanderbilt University. After completing her undergraduate degree, Yev became interested in Psycholinguistics and the Neurobiology of Language so she took up multiple volunteer positions at Harvard and MIT. After completing her master’s, she worked as a full-time research assistant with Ev Fedorenko investigating how language interacts with other cognitive functions in the brain. In her Ph.D., Yev is now asking questions related to the structure and representation of conceptual knowledge and its relation to language. As a cognitive science major and linguistics enthusiast myself, this interview was truly a dream come true -- come on in and experience it for yourself!
How is language represented in the brain, and how does it interact with other cognitive functions?
Is language fixed or dynamic?
Do we ever stop learning?
How do we define core linguistic understanding, and is there even such a thing?
What's the main goal of language?
Is memory is also a part of language and are they separable?
Are words meaningful in and of themselves?
and many, many, many more!
Topics & Concepts
The Language System
The Multiple Demand Network
Core Linguistics Understanding
Gusture & Non-Verbal Cues
Prosody & Intonation
Pragmatics & Inference
Brain Damage & Aphasia
Language and Memory: Aphasia vs. Amnesia
Specialized vs Generalized Systems
Concepts & Mental Representation
Interactive Map of Concepts in the Brain: https://gallantlab.org/huth2016/
To Learn more, check out Yev's website: ediachek.com
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