Brain Sciences

The Department of Linguistics offers three interdisciplinary structured programs for the first degree: (1) computational linguistics: double major track in linguistics and computer science; (2) neurobiology of language: BSc degree in biology and linguistics with emphasis on brain sciences, within the Sagol School of Neuroscience; (3) psycholinguistics: double major track in psychology and linguistics.

BSc degree in biology and linguistics with emphasis on brain sciences, within the Sagol School of Neuroscience

The field of neurolinguistics focuses on the research of brain processes involved in the production and processing of natural language, including: processing of language sounds, encoding of word meanings, formation of complex sentences and more. The field employs methodologies and theoretical models from different domains: Linguistics, brain sciences, cognitive psychology and others. Neurolinguistic research is performed using both behavioral measures, such as reaction times, and advanced technologies such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalography (EEG), which allow for real-time tracking of brain activity .The domain of the genetics of language investigates the manner in which the language faculty is encoded within the human genome and the development of this faculty in the human species.

The track in biology and linguistics provides students with in-depth knowledge in biology, brain sciences and theoretical linguistics, as a first step toward an academic research career in each of the fields or for future employment in clinical programs of language disorders and impairments of the language ability, in medical institutions, in research and development of artificial intelligence and the hi-tech industry in general, in biology-based industries, biotechnology and more.

Students will receive guidance from a faculty member of the Sagol School of Brain Science. A number of scholarships will be granted to excellent students at the end of each academic year. For further details, see course program (in Hebrew).

Program advisor: Dr. Einat Shetreet

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