Language and the brain: Insights from Deafness and Sign Language

How does experience shape language development? This lecture will examine what we currently know about how the brain processes a signed language and how you learn to read a language that you can’t hear. It will also examine how this research can be used to drive forward evidence-based language and education interventions.

Speaking Different Languages

This post originally appeared on Refractive Index, Imperial College London’s Science Communication Group blog. It can be tough being a member of ‘the public’. Imagine for a moment that you are on your lunchbreak and, being the responsible British taxpayer that you are, you decide to have a quick look at how your really quite-significant […]

Intellectual Chess

There is no question about it, we have big heads. Relative to our body size we have the largest brains on earth, and even non-relative to body size, our brains are still some of the largest. If we consider that we are the well-honed product of mother nature’s machinations then it follows logically that large […]

Dolphin Wisdom to be Revealed

According to a friend, people think we’ll be able to talk with dolphins within 5 years. After questioning his drinking habits (and a quick Google), it turns out he was right. Research has shown that once we get the basics of the ‘click click’ language of dolphin’s down, we’ll be able to hold full conversations […]

Stereotypic sex roles penetrate scientific literature

Could a 1950s attitude to gender roles be stunting animal behaviour research? A recent study published online by the journal Animal Behaviour has found extensive stereotyping of sex roles throughout the research literature of sexual conflict: portraying males as active and females as reactive. Sexual conflict refers to adaptations produced by one sex that are […]