IDA Announces Dr. Mark Seidenberg as the 2019 Samuel Torrey and June Lyday Orton Lecturer

Dr. Mark Seidenberg is Vilas Research Professor and Donald O. Hebb Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin. He is a cognitive scientist/neuroscientist/psycholinguist who has studied language, reading and dyslexia since the disco era. He attended Columbia University as an undergraduate, where, like many students, he worked part-time. He received a Ph.D. from Columbia, where he was a student of Tom Bever during the notorious Nim Chimpsky era. He did postdoctoral research at the Center for the Study of Reading splitting time between Bolt Beranek & Newman and the University of Illinois. His first academic appointment was at McGill University in Montreal, home of fantastic food and very long winters. After 10 years in the cold, he moved to the University of Southern California, where he had appointments in psychology, linguistics, and in the neuroscience program. In 2001, having adjusted to the lovely climate, he moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he lives in a downtown apartment with gorgeous views of Lake Monona and environs. He has published many scientific articles in fine journals such as Science, Psychological Review, Nature Neuroscience, Language, Psychological Science, and Semiotica, and was honored as one of the 250 most-cited researchers in the areas of psychology and psychiatry by those Web of Science citation-counting people. His reading research addresses the nature of skilled reading, how children learn to read, dyslexia, and the brain bases of reading, using the tools of modern cognitive neuroscience: behavioral experiments, computational models, and neuroimaging. His language research addresses what people know when they know a language, how this knowledge is represented in the brain, and how it is acquired and used. Be sure to attend IDA’s 70th Annual Conference on November 7-10th in Portland, Oregon.
The lecture will be presented on November 8, 2019

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