All neurotypical human beings develop the faculty of language. This faculty involves a specific type of cognition that characterizes our species. Nonetheless, cognition can be affected by systematic forms of variation: some cognitive disorders such as autism or schizophrenia occur in all human populations of the world. In turn, this cognitive diversity in many cases involves a linguistic diversity. In autism, for example, language is often anomalous and, in some cases, even absent. How are these two types of diversity related? What challenges do they face in terms of treatment and education?

In charge of:

Helen Tager-Flusberg, a professor in the Department of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Boston University and director of the Center for Excellence in Autism Research.

Wolfram Hinzen, Professor ICREA at Pompeu Fabra University, director of the Grammar and Cognition Laboratory and curator of the “Talking Brains” exhibition.

Berta Salvadó, neuropsychologist specialist in communication at the Center for Orientation, Assistance and Integral Development.

Moderator: Stephanie Durrleman, senior researcher of Psycholinguistics at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Geneva and specialist in relationships between language and congnition.


Admission: €4 (50 % off for CaixaBank customers)


When: 17/10/2017   Time: 07:00 pm


Where: C/ d’Isaac Newton, 26. Barcelona