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Dr. Fang Liu - University of Reading

May 19, 2023

Title: Cracking the pitch code in music and language: A summary of findings from the ERC-funded CAASD project

5月19日周五,伦敦时间下午5点30分,地址伦敦大学学院 (UCL) Wilkins Building (Main Building) ,全英华人生命科学学会 (CLSS-UK) 与全英华人教授协会医学组 (ABCP) 将联合举办线下学术讲座。

本次讲座我们荣幸地邀请到了来自雷丁大学(University of Reading)的Fang Liu博士,报告题目为 Cracking the pitch code in music and language: A summary of findings from the ERC-funded CAASD project。本次讲座提供线上和线下的参与方式,请大家填写报名问卷,加入本次讲座的微信群(见下方“参会方式”)。我们将根据报名情况来准备相应的餐饮。


Music and language share similar properties and are processed in overlapping brain regions. As a common information-bearing element in music and language, pitch plays an essential role in encoding musical melodies and signifying linguistic functions. However, two distinct neurodevelopmental conditions, congenital amusia (CA; a musical disorder) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD; a language disorder), affecting millions of people worldwide, may selectively impair individuals’ ability to process musical versus linguistic pitch. In this talk, I will summarize our recent findings on music, language, and emotion processing in CA and ASD from our ERC-funded CAASD project, with the aim of uncovering the underlying mechanisms of pitch processing in music and language.


Dr Fang Liu is an Associate Professor in the School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading. She received her Ph.D. in Linguistics and M.S. in Statistics from the University of Chicago. Before joining Reading, she was a lecturer in the Department of Language and Linguistics at the University of Essex, and did postdoctoral work at University College London, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Stanford University, and Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research aims to understand how the human brain processes pitch information for linguistic and musical purposes during production and perception. Her current areas of research include speech prosody in tone versus non-tonal languages, music and language processing across different populations (autism, amusia, dyslexia, musicianship), speech/music production and perception, and cognitive and neural bases of pitch processing. Her research has been supported by the Economic and Social Research Council, through an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship (PTA-026-27-2480, 2009-2010), and by the European Research Council, through an ERC Starting Grant (678733, CAASD, 2016-2023) and an ERC Proof of Concept Grant (838787, MAP, 2019-2022).

本次讲座将由来自University of Reading的汤敏学(Minxue Tang)主持。




Wilkins Building (Main Building, 见下图), Haldane Room

University College London

Gower St, London WC1E 6AE


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Meeting ID: 2256173527

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