November 2013

Professor Ted Gibson from the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is coming to Brock to give a lecture as part of the Department of Applied Linguistics Speaker Series. 

All are invited to attend this free lecture which occurs Thursday, Nov. 28, 12:30pm to 1:30pm in the Plaza Building, room 600F.

For further information on Prof. Gibson and his upcoming lecture at Brock University, see the Brock News announcement of the event here.


Gibson will discuss how language comprehension appears to function as a noisy channel process and how thinking about language in terms of its communicative use can help explain aspects of the origin of word order differences across languages.

All are invited to attend this free lecture, which occurs Thursday, Nov. 28, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Plaza Building 600F.

Light refreshments will be served after the talk. For further information, contact Prof V. Dwivedi at (x5389)

This lecture is part of the Department of Applied Linguistics Speaker Series.

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April 2013

Veena Dwivedi presented a poster entitled "The computation of meaning via event knowledge and number" (with co-author and current lab member, Kaitlin Curtiss) at the 20th Anniversary Meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in San Francisco, USA.


Kaitlin Curtiss participated in the Department of Applied Linguistics Research Day event, where she presented her poster (see above) to faculty and students in the Brock community. See picture with Neuroscience professor Dr Joffre Mercier (also Associate VP for Math and Science).

March 2013

Veena Dwivedi delivered an invited lecture at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour (centre includes Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics and Radboud University) in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Her talk was entitled, Investigations in neurocognitive mechanisms underlying semantic ambiguity.



Dr. Dwivedi visiting Max Planck Institute of Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen (with Paul Broca and Carl Wernicke).


Veena Dwivedi presented a poster entitled “Evidence of competition for resources in number interpretation" (co-authors were former lab member Rae Gibson now at Western pursuing MSc. in Neuroscience, and James Desjardins) at the 11th International Symposium of Psycholinguistics in Tenerife, Spain.


November 2012

As part of the Department of Applied Linguistics Speaker Series, Dr. John Connolly, who is Senator William McMaster Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience of Language at McMaster University, presented his talk, “Applied Neurolinguistics: the nexus of speech processing, linguistics, and applied linguistics.”


June 2012

Congratulations to two members of the Brain and Language Lab, Lynsey Endicott and Rae Gibson, who graduated in June.

May 2012

Kaitlin Curtiss gave her first national conference presentatation at Wilfried Laurier University, in Waterloo, Ontario at Congress 2012 Humanties and Social Sciences.

She presented a poster at the Canadian Linguistics Association entitled Interpreting quantifier scope ambiguity” (co-authors were lab members Lynsey Endicott, Rae Gibson and Veena Dwivedi).

Veena Dwivedi gave a talk entitled “Concepts before composition: semantic processing”, earlier that day at the conference.


March 2012

Veena Dwivedi was in New York City presenting at the 25th annual meeting of the CUNY Sentence Processing Conference.

The title of her poster was “Quantifier scope ambiguity and the timing of algorithmic processing”.  Later that month, at the the annual meeting of the Cognitive Neuroscience Society in Chicago, she presented a poster  “Doubly quantified sentences: Shallow vs. deep processing” (co-authors were lab member Rae Gibson and lab alumna, Leanne Angus).


January 2012

As Speaker Series Co-ordinator for the Dept of Applied Linguistics at Brock, Dr. Dwivedi was interviewed for Dr. Sali Tagliamonte's talk in Brock News and TV Cogeco.


Veena Dwivedi gave a talk entitled “Semantic ambiguity in language processing” (co-authors are Leanne Angus, now at SUNY-Buffalo, Raechelle Gibson and Chi Ho Alex Cheung), on May 29, 2011 at the Canadian Linguistic Association which held its 2011 conference as part of the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, at the University of New Brunswick, Fredericton.


Veena Dwivedi gave an invited lecture entitled “Shallow processing of scope” for the Cognitive Science of Language Lecture Series at McMaster University on Jan. 26, 2011.



The 2010 Department of Applied Linguistics Research Day was highlighted in an article by the Brock News.

November 2008

Dr. Dwivedi was MC and helped launch the Niagara Original brand at
the Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, ON.

October 2008

The Brock Brain and Language Lab was highlighted in an article published by the Ministry of Research and Innovation:

Ministry of Research and Innovation



The Brock Brain and Language Lab obtained a grant from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation!

St. Catharines Standard

St Catharines Member of Parliament Rick Dykstra paid a visit to campus to announce federal funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation for Dr. Dwivedi's lab equipment.