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 monthly at 3 p.m. on MONDAYs, in the CCN Conference Room, LSRC B240. Seminars are open to all students, faculty, and staff at Duke and UNC-Chapel Hill. Please see below for the latest list of seminars. CANBLS is administered by the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences. For more information or to have your name added to the CANBLS listserv, please contact Greg Cogan, co-convenor, at .


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


Fall Semester 2018 Schedule

09/24/18: Steve Nowicki, PhD, Bass Fellow, Professor in Biology and Psychology & Neuroscience, Duke; Professor of Neurobiology, Duke School of Medicine: "Categorical perception in animal signaling systems”

10/29/18: Edna Andrews, PhD, Nancy and Jeffrey Marcus Humanities Professor of Slavic & Eurasian Studies, Professor of Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology, Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, DIBS: “Brain, Language, and Culture: Understanding the neural correlates of proficiency”

11/26/18: TBD

12/10/18: Howard Francis, MD, MBA, Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences, Professor of Surgery, Duke; topic TBA


Spring Semester 2018 Schedule

02/28/18: Richard Mooney, George Barth Geller Professor for Research in Neurobiology, "From Songs to Synapse: The Neurobiology of Vocal Learning"

03/28/18: Maura Sabatos-DeVito, Postdoctoral Associate, Duke Center for Autism & Brain Development, "Measuring the Language of Preschoolers with ASD in the Home Environment"

04/25/18: Jackson Lee, DIBS Research Associate, and Boyla Mainsah, Research Scientist, Duke Applied Machine Learning Lab, Pratt School of Engineering (TBA)

2017 Seminars

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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