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.

The group meets monthly on the third Wednesday of the month from noon - 1 pm, in CCN Conference Room, B240, LSRC  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

PLEASE NOTE: As of March 16, 2020, all campus meetings and conferences have been canceled, due to public health concerns related to Covid-19. That includes any CANBLS programs. We do not yet know how long this will be in effect. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

Spring 2020 CANBLS Lectures

  • Jan. 15, 2020: "Articulation & Acoustics of Some Typologically Unusual Vowels," Jeff Mielke, PhD, Linguistics, N.C. State University

Fall 2019 CANBLS Lectures

  • Sept. 18, 2019: Akshay Maggu, Postdoctoral Associate, Duke
  • Oct. 16, 2019: Jack Goffinet, Research Associate, Duke
  • Nov. 20, 2019: Emily Buss, Otolaryngology, UNC-Chapel Hill
  • Dec. 18, 2019: Gregory Cogan, Neurosurgery, Duke

Spring 2019 Lecturers

  • Peter GordonPeter Gordon, PhD, Director, Language, Cognition, and Brain Lab, UNC-Chapel Hill, on “Rapid Naming as a Measure of Reading Ability:  Eye-voice Analyses and the Effects of Aging”
  • Howard FrancisHoward Francis, MD, MBA, Chief, Division of Head and Neck Surgery and Communication Sciences, Professor of Surgery, at Duke School of Medicine, on “Cochlear Implantation Across the Lifespan”
  • Stephan MeylanStephan Meylan, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, Psychology & Neuroscience, on “Evaluating Probabilistic Language Models with Serial Reproduction” 

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