The New Zealand Institute of Language, Brain and Behaviour (NZILBB) is a multi-disciplinary centre dedicated to the study of human language. The researchers come from a wide range of disciplines, forging connections across linguistics, speech production and perception, language acquisition, language disorders, social cognition, memory, brain imaging, cognitive science, bilingual education, and interface technologies. This highly interdisciplinary team is working together toward a truly unified understanding of how language is acquired, produced and understood in its social and physical contexts.
NZILBB Director awarded 2015 UC Research Medal
NZILBB Seminar Series
Susan Foster-Cohen (Director, Champion Centre and University of Canterbury) Modifying child-directed speech: A relevance theory analysis of clinical interaction strategies. Monday 10th August 3pm, Locke 104a.
Oticon Grant Success
NIH Grant Success
Associate Professor Megan McAuliffe, along with colleagues Professor Julie Liss and Dr Visar Berisha from Arizona State University, has been awarded approximately $275,000 USD from the National Institutes of Health (US) to conduct a two-year exploratory/developmental research project, “A web-based platform for cross-linguistic research in dysarthric speech”. The project focuses on the development of web-based infrastructure to conduct larger-scale cross-linguistic studies of dysarthric speech. For more details contact Megan McAuliffe.
Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund success
Congratulations to Catherine Theys (CMDS and NZILBB) for securing funding ($345k for three years) for the project Unravelling the neural mechanisms of speech production: Insights from EEG and fMRI in people who stutter. Press release
Phase Two Funding: Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment
NZILBB has been awarded further funding from MBIE to continue research and development on the Aerotactile Speech Perception Enhancement project starting October 2014 for two years. Press release
NZILBB Annual Reports
Copies (pdf) of the NZILBB Annual Reports are available here
Socio Group (Language Variation & Change Theme and the Bilingual Theme group meeting) Thursdays, 12noon in Locke 104a.
Participate in our research
NZILBB needs participants for experiments that we are currently running. All of our experiments have been approved by the UC Human Ethics Committee. Read more
The UC QuakeBox was established in 2012 after two major earthquakes occurred in September 2010 and February 2011 in the Canterbury region. Our mission is to record stories from Cantabrians about their experiences in the quakes and to store the audio and video files in a large database. Read more
Team is a group of families who are willing to be contacted when their child is the right age for research projects that are about to start at the University. Contact us to sign up your child. Read more