Katherine Aboud’s talk at the VUIIS Neuroimaging Retreat (Friday, 6/8)

For more information, download the VUIIS Retreat 2017 APP: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vanderbilt.retreat2017&hl=en_US


How do we build meaning from texts? An fMRI study of adult sentence reading

Friday, June 8

Vanderbilt University


See the talk that critics are calling “Pretty Good…” Featuring Katherine Aboud as Katherine Aboud, a plucky neuroscientist out to change the world, one conference at a time.


Katherine Aboud received her B.S. in Mathematics and English from Virginia Tech, and an M.F.A. in Poetry at George Mason. Katherine is particularly interested in using multiple types of neuroimaging approaches to examine the neural correlates of semantic processing, and how deficits in these processes contribute to reading difficulties.

Laurie Cutting’s talk in St. Petersburg, Russia (5/28-6/1)

Dr. Laurie Cutting is scheduled to give a talk at



All about Language: Science, Theory, and Practice

St. Petersburg, Russia
May 28—June 1, 2018.

The meeting will include various language-related topics with targeted speakers in language evolution, genetic and environmental etiology, typical development, language disorders, bi/multilingualism, and various types of literacy. The symposium will be supported primarily by two laboratories led by Elena Grigorenko and Yury Shtyrov, both recently established at the St. Petersburg University (SPbSU), Russia, within the framework of so-called “Mega-grant projects” aimed at giving a major boost to Russian sciences (http://www.p220.ru/en/).

In addition, both funding and other administrative support, including the venue for the conference, was provided by SPbSU. A number of philanthropic organizations will be supporting various aspects of the event, including The Dyslexia Foundation, the Russian Dyslexia Association, and the Way Out Foundation. In addition to a scientific exchange of ideas among leading scientists, the event will feature three free public lectures open to all and a round table for practitioners with participating educators from independent schools, representatives of the Russian Ministry of Science and Education, and social Russian social entrepreneurs interested in starting independent schools.

Visiting Scholar: (4/26)

On Thursday the 26th, the lab  was visited by the noted learner Nugget of Shenanigoats Yoga. He intensely absorbed the information from the team members and studied the team’s posters with vibrant interest while he could. We wish him well in his endeavors and his continuing education and are grateful for his visit.

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Laurie Cutting’s talk at the Robert J. Schwartz Memorial Lecture (Wednesday, 4/25)

For more information:  http://vkc.mc.vanderbilt.edu/events/6063

Educational Neuroscience: How Cognitive Neuroscience Can Inform Approaches to Learning

Wednesday, April 25, 7:30-9:00 p.m.

The Windward School
Westchester Middle School
40 West Red Oak Lane
White Plains, NY 10604

Laurie E. Cutting, PhD, Guest Lecturer

Educational neuroscience is an emerging field of research that draws upon the disciplines of cognitive neuroscience, education, and psychology, with the goal of examining neurobiological processes as related to education. In this lecture, the neural mechanisms of reading, mathematics, and attention will be discussed as well as insights about how this emerging field can influence instructional practice. In addition, neurobiological approaches that may inform and refine our understanding of how to identify and treat reading difficulties will be discussed.