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Cognitive Science conference

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June 20-24, 2016 group from the Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of Language (Tomsk, Russia) took part in The Seventh International Conference on Cognitive Science (Svetlogorsk, Russia) http://cogconf.ru/eng/ where they presented one oral report on Russian derivational morphology study (Russian derivational morphology: token frequency and age of acquisition effects (Olga Nagel, Irina Temnikova, Alexandra Bub) and 3 posters on the effects of derivational semantics in the processes of mental comparison (Z. I. Rezanova, E. D. Nekrasova, K. S. Shilyaev), on experimental study of multimodal perception of verbal stimuli (Elena Nekrasova) and on cognitive processing of verbal stimulus with connotation (Ksenia Pozovkina). Young scientists (Elena Nekrasova, Ksenia Pozovkina and Alexandra Bub) took advantage of the opportunities provided by the cooperation programme in cognitive and experimental linguistics and expanded their knowledge in the area of experimental linguistics by studying the research works from the joint lists of required literature compiled by the lecturers of the project. Gained knowledge and experience allowed young researchers to participate in scientific dialogues at the conference and start building their own professional network of likeminded people.Delegates watching a business presentation during a conference

WHITE NIGHTS OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE IN ST. PETERSBURG

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The researchers at the Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of Language have participated in the Third St. Petersburg Winter Workshop on Experimental Studies of Speech and Language (Night Whites 2015), which took place at the Saint Petersburg State University and hosted participants from 13 countries.

The range of topics discussed at the workshop included psycholinguistics, neuroscience, computer modeling of linguistic processes, experimental methods in linguistic studies, and many more.

Night Whites 2015 is the third event in the series of workshops organized by the Saint Petersburg State University in this field. The workshop included lectures by such eminent scientists as Harald Clahsen (University of Postdam), Hanne Gram Simonsen (University of Oslo), Simon Garrod (University of Glasgow), Kira Gor (University of Maryland).

The researchers at the Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of Language presented the results of their investigations in processing of simple and suffixed Russian words: structural and semantic priming effect (Olga Nagel, Irina Temnikova), effects of derivational semantics on mental comparison (Zoya Rezanova, Elena Nekrasova, Konstantin Shilyaev), polymodal perception – The word in itself: what else affects multimodal perception of verbal stimuli? (Elena D. Nekrasova), psycholinguistc databases (Spatial Semantics of 506 Russian Nouns (Alex Miklashevsky)), and the influence of color on word semantics (Good and bad are green and black: Evidence from a Stroop effect (Elina Tsigeman, Oksana V. Tsaregorodtseva).

Alex Miklashevky talks about his impressions: “We had participated in the workshop in 2014, and this time was another great opportunity to rub shoulders with researchers of such expertise. The participants asked very helpful questions and made insightful comments. Presenting before such an audience was a every important experience for me because there were so many renowned scientists. Last time, in 2014, I had the opportunity to listen to a lecture by Martin Fisher, a specialist in the field of mathematical cognition. It is certain the such an event could not have taken place without the work of its dedicated organizers. The organizers, Tatiana Chernigovskaya, Andrey Kibrik, Yuri Shtyrov, Natalia Slyusar, Tatiana Petrova, Kira Gor, are also leading scientists in their fields. I think it is important for every scientist to participate both in interdisciplinary conferences, where the whole range of studies in a specific sphere can be assessed, and in such specialized conferences as Night Whites, where one can focus on the details and discuss them with the professionals in the field.”

More details, the conference program and abstracts can be found at the official site https://nightwhites2015.wordpress.com/

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PROMOTING SCIENTIFIC VOLUNTEERING AT THE LABORATORY FOR COGNITIVE STUDIES AT TSU

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HiRes-Tree-Image-480x480The International Centre for Research in Human Development at TSU has opened its doors to those who want to gain experience in experimental studies. Volunteers make their contribution by helping to prepare experiments, taking part as subjects and writing up lab reports.

Volunteering is widespread in today’s scientific practice as a form of cooperation between students and research centers. Research centers at the biggest international universities have up to 100 volunteers every semester.

Volunteering is a conscious step in one’s scientific career, says head of Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of Language Zoya Rezanova. We view volunteer action as an unpaid participation of interested students in our projects. It is one of the ways a young researcher can define his/her career and involvement in the context of international science. They can have an inside view of the work of the laboratory, try something on their own to understand whether they are genuinely interested.

Volunteers can collaborate in the work of different laboratories that are part of the Center in order to understand which field is more attractive to them. Moreover, it is a place where they can implement their own research projects.

Yulia Alyunina, MA student at the Faculty of Foreign Languages, shares her thoughts: “I decided to become a volunteer at the laboratory because I study language and I want to confirm my results with the help of experimental methods. I’m currently in search for informants for laboratory experiments, and I’m planning an experiment of my own. Before, I had been doing studies in literature and now I’m gaining experience in exploring linguistic data. It will help make my investigation more professional and applicable to practical problems.

You can become a volunteer by filling out the questionnaire.

For more information, please call +7 3822 786-050 or write to icrhd@mail.ru.

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NORDIC PROJECT: EDUCATING LINGUISTS IN COLLABORATION WITH THE UNIVERSITIES OF NORTHERN EUROPE

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The linguists at TSU together with their colleagues from Finland (University of Turku) and Norway (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) are planning to exchange opinions on the mechanisms of speech acquisition in Russian, Finnish and Norwegian. The researchers are going to share their experience and methods in language studies that are advanced at their universities. Another aim is to promote cooperation in the sphere of joint educational programs.

Russian, Finnish, and Norwegian are languages of distinct types. The collaboration opens up perspectives of testing linguistic hypotheses using data from all three languages, which is unprecedented up to now. The project is coordinated by the Laboratory for Cognitive Studies of Language (part of the International Centre for Research in Human Development at TSU).

We are planning to work in two directions: education and science, says professor Zoya Rezanova, project coordinator. Our educational goal is to develop joint MA and PhD programs. The main scientific goal is cooperation in the research of human linguistic ability using data form Russian, Finnish and Norwegian and by applying psycholingistic methods and linguistic methods proper.

In the cooperation program, a number of study and research visits are scheduled for teaching staff and students.

TSU will organize joint scientific projects with the Finnish research group headed by Jukka Hyona. His research focuses on the eye-tracking method, which allows to measure eye movements and record gaze direction when viewing a visual object. The group uses it to study cognitive functions that are connected to visual perception, such as reading and understanding, tracking multiple objects, and capture and recognition of stimuli in the periphery of the visual field.

Norwegian researchers, headed by Ute Barbara Gabriel, professor of the Department of Psychology at Norwegian University of Science and Technology. Ute Gabriel is an eminent researcher in the field of experimental psychology, neurolinguistics and psycholinguistics. She takes special interest in grammatical phenomena, referential gender specification of speech and bilingualism.

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