Cognitive, Auditory, and Neural Bases of Language and Speech Research Group

The Cognitive, Auditory, and Neural Bases of Language and Speech (CANBLS) Research Group brings together researchers from Duke campus and medical school to explore in depth the many aspects that contribute to our unique ability to generate, and communicate via language and speech. The aim is to share ongoing research and inspire collaborations across campus combining the different research approaches represented in the group (developmental, clinical, neuroimaging, engineering, etc.) to push our understanding of the cognitive, auditory, and neural bases of language and speech.

The group meets once a month, at 4 p.m. Wednesdays, in the CCN Conference Room, LSRC B240, and is open to all students, faculty, and staff at Duke and UNC Chapel Hill. Please see the list of 2018 Spring Semester meetings below. CANBLS is administered by the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. For more information or to have your name added to the CANBLS list, please contact Greg Cogan, co-convenor, at .


  • Elika Bergelson, Psychology and Neuroscience, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Greg Cogan, Neurosurgery
  • Jennifer Groh, Psychology and Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Tobias Overath, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, Psychology and Neuroscience, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

CANBLS Meetings for Spring 2018--CCN Conference Room, LSRC B240

Feb. 28         

Richard MooneyGeorge Barth Geller Professor for Research in Neurobiology, "From Songs to Synapse: The Neurobiology of Vocal Learning"

March 28       

Maura Sabatos-DeVito, Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Center for Autism & Brain Development, "Measuring the Language of Preschoolers with ASD in the Home Environment"

Social-communication and language impairments are a central component of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Identifying measures of social-communication and language that are objective and quantitative is needed for evaluating the effectiveness of treatments. Dr. Sabatos-DeVito will present on language data of young children with ASD collected in the home through the Language Environment Analysis (LENA) system. She will explore the characteristics of child and adult contributions to the home language environment as measured through LENA, and discuss associations of these automated language measures with standard clinical and lab-based measures of language and social-communication typically used in treatment studies.

April 25         

Jackson Lee, DIBS Research Associate, and Boyla Mainsah, Research Scientist, Duke Applied Machine Learning Lab, Pratt School of Engineering (TBA)

2017 Meetings

03/28/17             Kocagoncu et al. 2017 J Neuro; Greg Cogan

04/11/17             Making Space and Moving Maps, Quiroga et al. 2005 Nature; Jennfer Groh, Valeria Caruso

04/25/2017         Child Directed Speech; Elika Bergelson

05/09/2017         Norman-Haignere et al. 2015 Neuron; Tobias Overath

05/23/2017         Speech quilt discrimination; Tobias Overath

06/06/2017         Evans et al. 2017 Frontiers; Bryce Gessell,

06/20/2017         Chord Consonance; Dale Purves

07/18/2017         Groh Lab Data; David Murphy, Cole Jenson

09/20/2017         Friedrich et al. 2017 Current Biology; Elika Bergelson

10/04/2017         Tang et al. 2017 Science; Greg Cogan

10/18/2017         Why Octaves; Dale Purves

11/01/2017         Romani et al. Neural Comp. 2013; Shawn Willitt

11/29/2017         Puvvada et al. J Neuro 2017; Seth Foster


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