2023 post-doc call open
ILCB's monthly newsletter N°21 - January- 15th, 2023
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,

I was just starting to write my usual introductory paragraph when I came across the announcement of "Minds at play", a 2-day ILCB workshop entirely organized by the students of our Master of Cognitive Science (MASCO) with guidance from Marie-Hélène Grosbras.

I felt happy (and proud!) that our students were able to organize such an amazing event with highly distinguished colleagues covering topics across ethology, anthropology, psychology as well as computational and cognitive neurosciences, touching upon applied issues pertaining to education and remediation.

In a nutshell, this is what ILCB is all about. Connecting disciplines and people to tackle important questions from an interdisciplinary perspective. There are no limits when great minds are at play. Well done!

Talking about students, I wanted to remind all of us that our PhD and postdoc grants are sustained by an ILCB environment. The students participate in a PhD program. They can be financed to attend international conferences or do “in-doc” research internships with colleagues from the international ILCB network (Auriane Boudin provides a recent example.) Similarly, ILCB can finance our docs and postdocs' research expenses, such as access to brain imaging platforms and other research facilities (Jules Cauzinille provides a recent example.) Do not hesitate to use our monthly recurrent project scheme (“projets au fil de l’eau”) to submit your requests. Please, keep in mind that all requests need to be submitted 1 week before the monthly directory meetings. Forms and monthly deadlines are available online.

Also, remember that we just published our 2023 postdoc call.

Finally, I wanted to remind you that we are always happy to welcome international visitors who want to do a research visit at the ILCB. There is, of course, the prestigious IMERA ILCB chair for research visits of 5 or 10 months, but we can also finance much shorter visits provided that there is an interest for the ILCB and/or a close collaboration with members of the ILCB.  

Best wishes


Figure of the month
Multilevel Linguistic Features Constrain Speech Comprehension



Humans are experts at processing speech, but how this feat is accomplished remains a major open question. We investigated how speech comprehension is determined by seven different linguistic features, ranging from acoustic modulation rate to contextual lexical information. All these features independently impact the comprehension of accelerated speech, with a clear dominance of the syllabic rate—the orange data-point on the figure. We also derived the channel capacity—i.e., the maximum rate at which information can be transmitted—associated with each linguistic feature. From these observations, we articulate an account of speech comprehension that unifies dynamical, informational and NLP frameworks.

Jérémy Giroud, Jacques Pesnot Lerousseau, François Pellegrino, and Benjamin Morillon. 2023.
The Channel Capacity of Multilevel Linguistic Features Constrains Speech Comprehension.
Cognition 232 (March): 105345.   --  @HAL

Scientific portraits
Jonathan Grainger
After beginning his career as a CNRS researcher in Experimental Psychology in Paris in 1988, Jonathan Grainger founded and directed the Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive (LPC – CNRS & Aix-Marseille University) from 2000 to 2012. During this period, the LPC joined two other CNRS labs to create the Pôle 3C…
Entretiens ILCB / Fed3C
Science podcast featuring Jonathan Grainger
Mireille Besson and Vicent Hok (LNC) present the third ILCB / Fed3C science podcast, where they interview senior members of the ILCB or the Fédération 3C. The conversations are organized around three topics: (i) the speaker's scientific career, (ii) the evolution of theories in their field(s), and (iii) the evolution of the job itself. This last episode features Jonathan Grainger.
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ILCB 2023 postdoc call
Deadline February 28 th, 2023
Up to three post-doc positions are open this year by the ILCB.
More information
Postdoc position at AMPIRIC
Orthography and writing
A position is open to recruit a French-speaking postdoctoral fellow to drive a project on how children learn to write (handwriting, keyboarding) within the new team "Orthography and writing" hosted by the AMPIRIC Institute. The local environment is highly dynamic in the fields of cognitive development, language, and education. The team has access to brain imaging platforms (fMRI, MEEG, fNIRS) and to AMPIRIC's new experimental platform for education sciences
More information
Cognitive Science Workshop
minds AT play

The students of the master of cognitive sciences invite you to a workshop on GAMES.

The event will bring together experts in primatology, neuroscience, educational science, psychology, and anthropology. It will be an opportunity for participants and speakers

  • to confront their perspectives on games,
  • to learn more about the neural processes underlying motivation, decision making, perception of chance, or and addiction,
  • to discuss the uses of games and gamification in different contexts, and, finally,
  • to discover local companies that develop games for different purposes.

January 23rd and 24th (Monday and Tuesday), 2023

Details and registration
Featured publications
On the Gestural Origins of Language: What Baboons’ Gestures and Brain Have Told Us after 15 Years of Research
Adrien Meguerditchian
Space–Time Congruency Effects Using Eye Movements During Processing of Past- and Future-Related Words
Camille L. Grasso, Johannes C. Ziegler, Jennifer T. Coull, and Marie Montant
The Temporal Voice Areas Are Not ‘Just’ Speech Areas
Régis Trapeau, Etienne Thoret, and Pascal Belin
Supported projects
Constitution d’un corpus audio et vidéo de vocalisations des bonobos
Jules Cauzinille (LIS, LPC), Benoit Favre (LIS), Arnaud Rey (LPC).
International internship: Show me If you Are Listening – Multimodal predictive model of conversational feedbacks
Auriane Boudin, Philippe Blache (LPL), Magalie Ochs (LIS), Louis-Philippe Morency (Carnegie Mellon University).
Summary of future events


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

Carles ESCERA, BrainLab @ Universitat de Barcelona
January 20th 2022 @ 12:00 - 13:00 -- Neural encoding of speech sounds in neonates and infants: developmental trajectory and modulating factors
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Minds at Play: Workshop sur le jeu
January 23rd and 24th, all day
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Kate WATKINS, Oxford University
February 3rd 2023 @ 12:00 - 13:00 -- title TBA
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Adeen FLINKER, New York University, New York
March 10th 2023 @ 12:00 - 13:00 -- title TBA
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Leonhard SCHILBACH, LVR-Klinikum, Düsseldorf
April 14th 2023 @ 12:00 - 13:00 -- title TBA
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Hélène LOEVENBRUCK, CNRS & Université Grenoble Alpes
May 05th 2023 @ 12:00 - 13:00 -- title TBA
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Stéphanie RIÈS, San Diego State University
June 02nd 2023 @ 12:00 - 13:00 -- title TBA
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