Entry Date:
January 13, 2009

The Effects of Prosody on the Listener's Online Representation of the Speaker's Thoughts

Principal Investigator Rebecca Saxe

General research interests concern the extent of domain-specificity in the mind and brain with regard to language and other cognitive systems. The Saxelab is investigating the relationship between linguistic processing and Theory of Mind, the two domains that are intimately interconnected. I am interested in understanding the precise nature of this relationship, including but not limited to the following questions: Is language critical for understanding other people's minds? Do language and Theory of Mind develop in parallel? Are linguistic abilities of populations suffering from disorders of social cognition different from those of neurologically-intact populations, and if so, how?