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2003-2004

  • Language in an embodied brain: Can we find a better model without competition or mirror neurons? (Demian Esnaurrizar, MSc Inf)

  • The bilingual brain and the 'critical period hypothesis' (Inbal Arnon, MSc Psycholinguistics)

  • When is the appropriate age to begin learning to read? (Brian Urbon, MSc Inf)

  • The domain specificity of syntactic and semantic processing in the brain (Bjorn Nelson, MSc Inf.)

  • Language Evolution: Theories and debates (Theodoros Damoulas, MSc Inf.)

  • Sign Language: Structure and Brain organization (Manuela Rolle, MSc Inf.)

  • Phonological working memory: how does the evidence from neuroimaging advance our understanding? (Catherine Dickie, MSc Dvt Linguistics).

  • Music and Language share a common set of porcesses: Language is not only processed by independent and dedicated processes (Nicolas Toussaint, MSc Inf.)

  • Spatial Relationships in Language and Perception (Andrea Lechler, MSc Inf.)

  • How similar is cortical organisation and hemispheric dominance for spoken and signed languages? (Uta Sassenberg, MSc Psycholinguistics)

  • On the modularity and innateness of language: A compromising approach (Evangelos Delivopoulos, MSc Inf.)

  • Examining cross-linguistics evidence for agrammatism in Broca's aphasia. (Clare Huxley, MSc Psycholinguistics)

  • The role of proficiency level in determining cortical activation during L2 processing. (Ash Borwn, MSc Dvt Ling)

  • The hemispheres in harmony: An argument for the unique linguistic processing style of the right hemisphere. (Manon Jones, MSc Psycholinguistics)

  • Syntax and Semantics in the brain: Evidence for Modularity? (Lucy McGregor, MSc Psycholinguistics)

  • Bilateral Involvement of the Hemispheres in Affective Prosody. (Tamara Polajnar, MSc Inf.)

  • Theory of Mind and Autism - A view with regard to Language, Communicaiton, and Interaction (Brenda O'Donnell, MSc Inf.)

2002-2003

  • Handedness and language lateralisation in the human brain (Viktoria-Eleni Gountouna, MSc informatics)

  • Left hemisphere predisposition towards language: Evidence from sign language (Christine Binns, MSc speech and language processing).

  • Asperger Syndrome A continuum of autistic disorders? (Louise Conlin, MSc informatics)

  • Models of spoken word recognition (Unni Cathrine Eiken, MSc speech and language processing)

  • Processing of several languages in one brain (Ulrike Baldewein, MSc CG)

  • Connectionist models of normal and impaired reading (Gaurav Malhotra, MSc informatics)

  • Tip-of-the-tongue (TOT) phenomenon: a window from which to observe cognitive processes underlying the selection and production of words (Angela, Bevilacqua, MSc Developmental Linguistics).

  • On the innateness of language: From theory to praxis (Marina Papoutsi , MScCG)

  • Stuttering, and how it can increase our knowledge of the speech production process (Rachel Baker, MSc speech and language processing)

  • Connectionist models of reading and dyslexia (Gil Orazi, MSc informatics)

  • The bilingual brain (Ayano Kasai, MSc Dvt Ling)

  • Brain plasticity and language (Maria-Zoi Siamou, MSc speech and language processing)

  • Word meaning and conceptual representation (Efstathios Politis, MSc AI).

  • Deep dyslexia: symptoms and origins (Tom Roberts, MSc CG)

  • Mirror neurons and the origin of language (Patricio Yankilevich, MSC informatics)

  • Understanding acquired language disorders: aphasia and dyslexia (Mark Seddon, MSc CG)

  • Semantics: Learning from dementia (Christopher A. Warr, MSc informatics).

  • Written word processing in Chinese ESL learners (Stacy Szu-wei Chen, MSc devt linguistics)

2001-2002

  • Autism: Can the current accounts be reconciled? (Ciara Catchpole)

  • Dimensions of dyslexia: A medical problem or a learning disability? An approach to the detection and management of the child and the adult dyslexic. (Ioannis Prapas)

  • Psycholinguistic, neurolinguistic and neuroscientific study of simultaneous interpreting (Beatrice Alex).

  • Segmenting the speech stream and the acquisition of morphemes: The role of phonology in linguistic development. (Danielle Matthews).

  • Deep dyslexia: Right hemisphere or damaged left hemisphere reading? (Serge Thill).

  • Is there a critical period for second language acquisition? (Sebastian Pado).

  • First language acquisition (Hanna Wallach).

  • Constraint programming and connectionism as models of human language processing (Marco Kuhlmann).

  • Coarse Semantic coding and the role of the right hemisphere in language processing (Matthew Watson).

  • The neuropsychological perspective of bilingualism: brain injury and recovery. Implications for the understanding of language function and dysfunction in bilinguals (Anna Chatzidaki).

  • Acquisition and Expression. The role of conceptual and contextual keys in storage and retrieval for long term memory (Jordan Joseph Wales).

  • Syntax, semantics and the brain: Understanding the significance of event-related potentials (Colin Bannard).

  • A high-level cognitive model that considers emotional content for the assignation of semantic meaning (E. Steve Rodrigez Rdz.)

  • Swearing in aphasia and Gilles de la Tourette’s syndrome (Daniel S. Roberts).

  • Savants: the phenomenon revisited. Smith and Tsimply’s “The mind of a savant: Language learning and modularity” put in context (Christopher Van Bael).

  • Structure-driven or constraint-based parsing. Insights into different sentence comprehension models (Mareile Hillevi Knees).

  • Broca’s aphasics and syntax (Bethany McLemore).

  • Language acquisition: First steps towards a cognitive approach? (Matthijs van der Meer).

  • Foreign accent syndrome (Sarah Creer).

  • Models of syntactic parsing preferences in the light of ERP investigation.

  • Writing language (Duncan Abela).

  • Differences between the linguistic processing styles of brain’s hemispheres (Dave Hawkey).