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A bird’s eye view of the HNP, at Campus Biotech

Get an insider’s view of these incredible installations allowing brilliant minds to drive research forward with the new video released by the HNP! A must-watch...

First results for a nationwide initiative that aims at cracking language’s mysteries
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First results for a nationwide initiative that aims at cracking language’s mysteries

After four years of successful research, the National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Evolving Language expands its scope by adding the University of Neuchâtel as a third home institution next to the Universities of Zurich and Geneva. The centre pursues its bold commitment to unite researchers from across Switzerland and diverse fields of study.

Great apes and humans perceive events in a similar way
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Great apes and humans perceive events in a similar way

This is an agents’ world. Through a transspecies study, researchers from the University of Neuchâtel and NCCR Evolving Language have discovered that great apes could have a similar perception of events as humans. This hints at an ancestral origin of syntax features that are universal in human languages, according to Sarah Brocard and her team.

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Exploring the past, present and future of language

The Swiss National Centre of Competence in Research (NCCR) Evolving Language is a nationwide interdisciplinary research consortium bringing together research groups from the humanities, from language and computer science, the social sciences, and the natural sciences at an unprecedented level. Together, we aim at solving one of humanity’s great mysteries: What is language? How did our species develop the ca­pa­city for linguistic expression, for processing language in the brain, and for con­sist­ently passing down new variations to the next generation? How will our capacity for language change in the face of digital com­munication and neuroengineering?

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  • Wu, S., Bhadra, K., Giraud, A.-L., & Marchesotti, S. (2024). Adaptive LDA Classifier Enhances Real-Time Control of an EEG Brain–Computer Interface for Decoding Imagined Syllables. Brain Sciences, 14(3), 196. https://doi.org/10.3390/brainsci14030196
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Evolving Language is led by Balthasar Bickel (Department of Comparative Language Science, UZH), Daphné Bavelier (Cognitive Neuroscience group, UNIGE) and Klaus Zuberbühler (Institute of Biology, University of Neuchâtel). Over 30 research groups across Switzerland are taking part in this NCCR, from 9 different institutions as well as partners in industry (Google AI, Sonova) and public organizations.

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