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FASS Distinguished Visitor Lectures (Linguistics): Dr. Thomas G. Bever

Lectures and Seminar

Dr. Thomas G. Bever
Regent’s Professor of Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Psychology, and Education.
(University of Arizona, Tucson)

Dr. Thomas G. Bever is one of the world’s most renowned scholars of language and mind. His research spans multiple disciplines in linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, biology and philosophy, with ongoing projects in sentence comprehension, cerebral asymmetries in humans and animals, constraints on learning in humans and animals, spatial cognition in humans and animals, reading, and aesthetics. After graduating with an A.B. from Harvard in 1961 and a PhD from MIT in 1967, Dr. Bever has held professorships at MIT, the Rockefeller University, Columbia, the University of Rochester, and the University of Arizona, where he is currently Regent’s Professor of Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Neuroscience.

Dr. Bever will present a series of four related lectures on language and cognition, and a seminar on reading and text formatting.

Linguistics Monday, 11 March  
(3:00-4:30 p.m.)
100 St. Patrick’s Bldg
Language learning as problem solving: Its role in culling linguistic universals
Psychology Tuesday, 12 March 
(2:30-4:00 p.m.)
 2017 Dunton Tower
Normal variation in the behavior and neurology of language: Implications for genetic modularity of mind and brain
Cognitive Science Wednesday, 13 March 
(3:00-4:30 p.m.)
238 Tory Building 
Laws of form in perception: Aesthetic theory, the golden ratio and depth Perception
General Interdisciplinary Thursday, 14 March 
(3:00-4:30 p.m.)
180 University Centre 
The bio-psychology of linguistic universals – present puzzles and possibilities
Applied Linguistics Seminar Thursday, 14 March 
(10:00-11:30 a.m.)
2203 Dunton Tower 
How to make linguistics relevant: The case of reading

To schedule an individual or group meeting with Dr. Bever please contact Kumiko Murasugi.

Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Institute of Cognitive Science, School of Linguistics and Language Studies, and Department of Psychology.