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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.

Bio: 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 came to Manchester in 2001 as Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience within the School of Psychological Sciences. I am also Associate Vice-President (Research) and Director of the Manchester Doctoral College at the University. I am an Action Editor for Neuropsychological Rehabilitation and 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 and an Honorary Research Professor of the University of M├ílaga in 2014. I am also 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 am currently MRC -CBU Director.

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