Psychologist to speak on how the brain learns languages, Sept. 11

August 30, 2018

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — How are cyber-enabled and computational methods helping researchers better understand how humans learn languages? Ping Li, Penn State professor of psychology, linguistics, and information sciences and technology, and associate director of the Institute for CyberScience (ICS), will share his perspective to kick off the ICS CyberScience Seminar series for 2018-19. His talk, titled “Understanding the Language-Learning Brain through Cyber-Enabled and Computational Methods,” will be held in 233B HUB-Robeson Center and streamed online via Zoom from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. on Sept. 11. The event is free and open to the public.

Li, an associate director of ICS, researches how the brain learns and represents languages. When people attempt to learn a language, their experiences of hearing and reading the language change their brains’ function and structure. Li works to understand these changes using computational modeling, immersive technology and data-intensive brain science.

Li will discuss his recent findings and explain how cyber-enabled technology can enable student learning and promote positive brain changes. For instance, his research could lead to personalized learning experiences geared specifically to be effective for an individual student’s brain.

Space is limited, so please reserve a seat at the seminar by Sept. 7. The event includes Li’s talk, a question-and-answer session, and time to socialize. Refreshments will be served.

The ICS CyberScience Seminar series are designed to showcase how data-intensive cyberscience and computational models address real-world scientific and social problems. ICS CyberScience Seminars explore a wide range of topics. 

About ICS

The Institute for CyberScience is one of the five interdisciplinary research institutes under the Office of the Vice President for Research, and is dedicated to supporting cyber-enabled research across the disciplines. ICS builds an active community of researchers using computational methods in a wide range of fields through co-hiring of tenure-track faculty, providing seed funding for ambitious computational research projects, and offering access to high-performance computing resources through its Advanced CyberInfrastructure. With the support of ICS, Penn State researchers harness the power of big data, big simulation, and big computing to solve the world’s problems. For more information, visit or email  

  • Ping Li

    Ping Li, professor of psychology, linguistics, and information sciences and technology

    IMAGE: Ping Li
Last Updated September 05, 2018