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Nature has given to men one tongue, but two ears, that we may hear from the others twice as much as we speak. -Epictetus



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  Psycholinguistics is part of Cognitive Science, an endeavor to understand the working of the brain by combining the approaches of Neurosciences, Psychology, Linguistics and Computer Science.

In Psycholinguistics, we focus on the mental and brain processes that underly language perception, production and acquisition. What is going on in our brain while we are understanding a sentence? What makes us able to speak? How does the child acquire language?

My research work deals with the identification of spoken words. Consider that in a fraction of a second, our brain manages to extract words from an extremely variable acoustic signal of speech. We have yet to understand how this is achieved given the many different "shapes" the same word can take when it is pronounced by different speakers, at different rates, with different background noises, etc.


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