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Course, academic year 2019/2020
Introduction to Language Biology and Psychophysiology - ALINV420B
Title: Introduction to Language Biology and Psychophysiology
Guaranteed by: Institute of Linguistics (21-ULING)
Faculty: Faculty of Arts
Actual: from 2019
Semester: winter
Points: 0
E-Credits: 4
Examination process: winter s.:
Hours per week, examination: winter s.:1/1 Ex [hours/week]
Capacity: unlimited / unlimited (unknown)
Min. number of students: unlimited
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
Guarantor: doc. PhDr. Filip Smolík, Ph.D.
Teacher(s): doc. PhDr. Filip Smolík, Ph.D.
Annotation - Czech
Last update: doc. PhDr. Filip Smolík, Ph.D. (20.09.2019)
This is an introduction to the biological underpinnings of human language. It is meant especially for linguists and social scientists who have limited bacground in biology and neuroscience. The course will emphasize the value of biological and neuroscience research for addressing various questions traditionally asked in linguistics.
Syllabus - Czech
Last update: doc. PhDr. Filip Smolík, Ph.D. (20.09.2019)

1. Neuron, neural system, action potential, brain and its parts.
2. Methods: PET, fMRI, EEG/ERP, MEG, NIRS, pupillometry.
3. Brain areas related to language.
4. Aphasias: basic classification.
5. Aphasias: examples of research, demonstrations.
6. Developmental language disorders.
7. Human genetics: basic concepts. Heritability, research methods in behavioral/cognitive genetics.
8. Heritability of developmental language disorders and language skills.
9. Innateness: conceptual and methodological considerations:
10. Genetics and the study of languages across the world, diachronic research.

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