CLS Speaker Series - Patrick Wong (Chinese University of Hong Kong) Language Learning in the Era of Precision Medicine
Dec 04, 2015
from 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM
|Where||127 Moore Building|
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Language Learning in the Era of Precision Medicine
The links among genotype, endophenotype and phenotype, and their interactions with the environment have intrigued theoretical masterminds of our disciplines. Together with scientists, practitioners ask how knowledge of such links and interactions might translate into clinical and pedagogical practices. In this presentation, I will give an overview on some preliminary attempts by my research group that explore not only the biological and cognitive fundamentals of human learning, but also how learning can be altered based on knowledge of these fundamentals. Our research group focuses studies on language learning. Language, especially the sound and grammatical aspects, is notoriously difficult to master when learning begins in adulthood. The considerable individual differences in this domain provide a tremendous opportunity for identifying neurogenetic and neural markers for learning success. With these biomarkers, we can then attempt to modify training so that at least some of the learners’ learning can be optimized. This personalized approach to language learning has the potential to improve not only language teaching and treatment of communication disorders, but also other kinds of learning and behavioral therapies.