Lab News

Congrats to Feng Cheng for his acceptance to graduate school!

April 13, 2022
Congrats to Feng Cheng for his acceptance into graduate school! Feng will join Bob Rehder’s Concepts & Causality Lab under NYU’s Cognition & Perception Ph.D program in the Fall. His primary focus is to create computational models of concept of categories to understand the role of concepts in semantics.

Gina presents at Dennett Stibel Professorship of Cognitive Science and the Stibel Family Assistant Professorship of Brain and Cognitive Science Lectures

March 29, 2022
Congrats to Gina, who gave a talk, "Predicting the Future: Computational Neuroscience of Typical and Atypical Language Processing," at at the Dennett Stibel Professorship of Cognitive Science and the Stibel Family Assistant Professorship of Brain and Cognitive Science Lectures. This University-wide special event had been postponed due to the pandemic, but was finally held in-person to celebrate the endowed Professorships. The event was attended by Jeff Stibel (and family), the Tufts alumnus and donor whose generosity made all of this possible. 

Gina presents at Neurobiology of Language: Key Issues and Ways Forward II

March 17, 2022
Gina presented her talk, "Predicting the future: A computational neuroscience approach for studying typical and atypical language processing," at the Neurobiology of Language conference: Key Issues and Ways Forward II. This event was hosted by the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, Netherlands. Thank you to Dr. Peter Hagoort for chairing the conference, and to all the moderators, organizers, and translators who made the conference a success.
Conference Webpage | Link to video of talk

Congrats to Tori Sharpe for receiving the GSAS Outstanding Academic Scholarship Award!

March 17, 2022

Congratulations to Victoria Sharpe for receiving the Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Academic Scholarship Award! This award recognizes students' overall academic achievement, as evidenced by course grades, quality of papers, theses and projects. Check out some examples of her work on schizophrenia and language:

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Congrats to Sam Nour Eddine for receiving the Innovations in Psychological Science Award!

February 22, 2022

Congratulations to Samer Nour Eddine! Sam was chosen as the recipient for this year's Innovations in Psychological Science Award. This is awarded by the Psychology department to a Cognitive Science or Psychology graduate student whose scholarship shows innovations toward unraveling the mysteries of Psychological Science. This award recognizes Sam's work on developing the first predictive coding model of the N400!

Gina presents at the DISCOURSE Inaugural Seminar Series 2021

December 17, 2021

Gina presented her talk on predictive processing and language in psychosis in the final lecture of the DISCOURSE Inaugural Seminar Series. Thank you to Dr. Lena Palaniyappan for organizing, and Dr. Deb Titone on acting as discussant for the seminar. Watch the full talk, "Language, Thought and Communication in Psychosis: A Predictive Coding Framework" here: YouTube

Sam Nour Eddine presents at SNL 2021 Virtual Edition!

October 7, 2021

Samer Nour Eddine gave an invited slide presentation at the Society for the Neurobiology of Language 2021 Virtual Edition.  The title of his talk is "Divide & Concur: A Predictive Coding Account of the N400 Event-Related Potential Component". Link to Talk | Abstract

A new global initiative to study thought, language and communication disturbances in psychosis (DISCOURSE)

August 27, 2021

Gina joined the Steering Committee for a new international organization called Diverse International Scientific Consortium for Research in Thought, Language and Communication in Psychosis (DISCOURSE). The organization’s aim is to promote collaboration across multiple disciplines such as computational linguistics, psycholinguistics, psychiatry and clinical methodology to better assess and describe language and thought disturbances. By coordinating efforts to standardize approaches to describing and measuring communication disturbances in both clinical and non-clinical settings, researchers hope to share and collect data on a global scale, enabling a better understanding of these language deficits in the clinical population and development of cross-culturally valid treatment options.

The organization will be hosting a series of Zoom talks: DISCOURSE Inaugural Seminars 2021.
For more information on the organization, membership, and registration for the talks, please visit: