Happy summer!
ILCB's monthly newsletter N°16 - July 15th, 2022
Institute of Language, Communication and the Brain Bringing together experts in linguistics, neuroscience, psychology, medicine and computer science to understand and to model how language functions.

Dear members of the ILCB community,


Some good news before the summer break:

After an initial validation by the AMIDEX steering committee and the AMIDEX board, we passed the final step on our way to becoming a permanent AMU institute. The project was presented
yesterday to the Board of Directors (Conseil d'Administration, CA, d'AMU) which voted in favour. The president of the university congratulated us for the work done at the ILCB. Thank you all for the time and energy you spend on the project.

I wish you all a relaxing summer holiday!


Figure of the month
Connectivity of the left-ventral occipitotemporal cortex during visual word processing

The left-ventral occipito-temporal cortex (aka the Visual Word Form Area) plays a key role in reading. We used a combination of EEG and TMS (panel A) to assess the propagation of neural activity from that region to the rest of the brain. Cross-hemispheric neural propagation from the left to the right hemisphere was reduced when participants processed written words compared to non-linguistic input (Panel B) or performed high-level compared to low-level task on written words (Panel C). This modulation of effective connectivity may be linked to the left hemisphere lateralization that is typical of language processing.


Planton, S., Wang, S., Bolger, D., Bonnard, M., & Pattamadilok, C. (2022). Effective connectivity of the left-ventral occipito-temporal cortex during visual word processing: Direct causal evidence from TMS-EEG co-registration. Cortex, 154, 167-183. @HAL.

Quote of the month

"The addition of hot environmental conditions will exacerbate poor cognitive functioning and negatively affect performance outcomes. [...] The existence of an inverted U-shaped relationship between hyperthermia development and cognitive performance is suggested, and highlights core temperatures of ~38.5°C as the potential ‘threshold’ for hyperthermia-induced negative cognitive performance."

Cognitive Functioning and Heat Strain: Performance Responses and Protective Strategies.
Schmit, C., Hausswirth, C., Le Meur, Y., & Duffield, R. (2017).
Sports Medicine, 47, 1289–1302.

Scientific portrait
Leonor Becerra
Leonor Becerra is an Associate Professor (Maître de Conférences – HDR) in Computer Science at Aix-Marseille University since December 2020. She is a member of the Natural Language Processing team (TALEP) at the Laboratoire d’Informatique et Systèmes (LIS). Leonor develops her research program at the intersection of linguistics and computer science.…
Featured publications
Written Language Acquisition Is Both Shaped by and Has an Impact on Brain Functioning and Cognition
Felipe Pegado
Arcuate Fasciculus’ middle and ventral temporal connections undercut by tract-tracing evidence
Yannick Becker, Kep Kee Loh, Olivier Coulon & Adrien Meguerditchian
Supported projects
Physiologie des conversations
Thierry Chaminade (INT)
Neural representation of intergenerational reading of facial expressions
Birgit Rauchbauer (LPL), Marie-Hélène Grosbras (LNC)
Laughing Brains
Chiara Mazzocconi, Benjamin O’Brien (LPL) & Thierry Chaminade (INT)
Renouvellement des écrans tactiles de la plateforme CCDP
Joel Fagot, Nicolas Claidière (LPC) & Thierry Legou (LPL)
Workshop announcement
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ILCB Summer School 2022


The next edition of the ILCB summer school will take place at the CIRM in Luminy from August 29th to September 2nd.




The scientific program is available online:


Summary of future events


Please always check the events page on the ILCB website for the latest update.

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