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Cracking the Pitch Code in Music and Language

Die Linguistikerin Fang Liu, PhD stellt im Rahmen des Institutskolloquiums am 28.5.2018 ihre Forschung im Bereich der Musik- und Sprachwahrnehmung bei Personen mit Amusie und Autismus-Spektrum-Störung vor.
Music and language share similar properties and are processed in overlapping brain regions. As a common information-bearing element in music and language, pitch plays an essential role in encoding musical melodies and signifying linguistic functions. However, two distinct neurodevelopmental disorders, congenital amusia (CA; a musical disorder) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD; a language disorder), affecting millions of people worldwide, may selectively impair individuals’ ability to process musical versus linguistic pitch. In this talk, I will summarize our recent findings on music and language processing in CA and ASD, with the aim of uncovering the underlying mechanisms of pitch processing in music and language.
Fang Liu is a Lecturer in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and M.S. in Statistics from the University of Chicago. Before joining Reading, she was a lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex, and did postdoctoral work at University College London, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Stanford University, and Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research aims to understand how the human brain processes pitch information for linguistic and musical purposes during production and perception. She was recently awarded an ERC Starting Grant (678733, CAASD, 2016-2021) by the European Research Council, to investigate the underlying mechanisms of pitch processing in language and music through comparative studies of congenital amusia and autism spectrum disorder.


Der Vortrag findet am Montag, den 28.5.2018, um 17.15 Uhr im Raum 4U102b (UG, GeiWi-Turm, Innrain 52f) statt.


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