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The role of the anterior temporal lobe in semantic representation and its disorders

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  • UserProfessor Matt Lambon Ralph, Unit Director, MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge World_link
  • ClockFriday 29 May 2020, 16:30-18:00
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Although not found in classical neurological models of language, the role of the anterior temporal lobe in semantic representation has been increasingly recognised over the past 25 years. Here, I will summarise some of the accumulation of evidence, derived from multiple neuropsychological and neuroscience methods and share some of the contemporary data that continues to provide new insights about the potential dynamic computations of the anterior temporal lobe.


I obtained my PhD from York University and then worked at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (Cambridge). I moved from there to the University of Bristol, Department of Experimental Psychology, as a Lecturer. I went to Manchester in 2001 as Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience within the School of Psychological Sciences, where I also became Associate Vice-President (Research) and Director of the Manchester Doctoral College. In 2018, I had the honour of being appointed as the Director of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit.

I am an action editor for Neurobiology of Language, and Neuropsychological Rehabilitation. I am on the editorial boards for Cognitive Neuropsychology, Memory, International Journal of Language & Communication Disorders, Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy, Psychologia, and Neurocase. I was the President of The British Neuropsychological Society (2010-12) and the Vice-Chair for the British Aphasiology Society (2000-2005). I was made a Fellow (hons) of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists in 2003, Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 2012, Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Fellow of the British Academy in 2019. I am also Honorary Research Professor of the University of Málaga in 2014 and a Senior Investigator Emeritus for the NIHR . I was awarded the BPS President’s Award in 2015, the Barbara Newcombe (mid-career) Prize by the British Neuropsychological Society in 2016, the Mid-Career Award by the British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience in 2016, and the 17th Mid-Career Award by the Experimental Psychology Society in 2018. I was chair of the EU Human Brain Project Stakeholder Board (the principal oversight committee) from 2016 to 2019.”

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