Cognitive, Auditory, and Neural Bases of Language and Speech (CANBLS)

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. Faculty co-leaders: Tobias Overath, Greg Cogan, Jenni GrohElika Bergelson. To join the CANBLS listserv, please email Tyler Lee at DIBS,

Spring 2022 CANBLS Lectures (virtual) 

This semester, CANBLS is continuing in a virtual format, every 4th Monday of the month at 1 pm. This virtual format has given us the opportunity to invite more external speakers. For access to the Zoom link or to be added to the listserv, please contact Tyler Lee at

  • 02/28 Nikolas Francis (UMD), "Task-related neuronal activity in mouse auditory cortex"

  • 03/28 Federico de Martino (Maastricht University), Talk title TBA

  • 04/25 Suzanne Dikker (NYU), Talk title TBA

Previous talks


1-11 Jamila Minga, Duke, "The 'not so silent' right hemisphere, after stroke"

2-15 Steve Eliades, Univ. of Pennsylvania, "Speaking and Hearing: Sensory-motor integration in the non-human primate auditory cortex

3-15 Elena Tenenbaum, Duke, "Social attention and language development in autism spectrum disorder"

4-19 Liberty Hamilton, Univ. of Texas at Austin, "Understanding speech representations in the brain using intracranial recordings and scalp EEG"

5-17 Florencia Assanio, National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico, "Neural and cognitive implications of the spontaneous speech synchrony"

9-27 Robert Zatorre, McGill Univ., "Hemispheric specialization for speech and music: acoustical cues and connectivity profiles"

10-25 Lorna Quandt, Gallaudet Univ., "Visual benefits of sign language: new evidence from EEG, behavior, and emerging technology"

11-22 Laura Gwilliams, Univ. of California, San Francisco, "Decoding the neural architecture of speech comprehension"

12-20 Sherri Smith, Duke, "Effectiveness of hearing intervention in older adults"

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