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20th International Science of Aphasia Conference | The temporal lobe revisited: functional and neural updates 

23-26 September 2019, Rome | hosted by Gabriele Miceli Cimec Center for Mind/Brain Sciences | University of Trento

deadline: May 1st, 2019

Registration online on the Balestra Congressi - Roma webpage.


Current neuroimaging, neurophysiological and behavioral investigations provide increasingly detailed insights into the functional neuroanatomy of the left temporal lobe. Studies in cognitively intact and in brain-demaged populations converge in considering the left temporal lobe as critical for the ricognition and processing of speech sounds; for the recognition, comprehension and retrieval of spoken and written nouns and verbs; for the sentence comprehension; for verbal memory skills. The role of the left temporal lobe in the neural networks involved in language and language-related tasks will be discussed by cognitive neuroscientists from the perspective of neuroanatoly, neurology, neuropsychology, neuroimaging and neurolinguistics.


Villa Farnesina, Accademia dei Lincei, Via della Lungara, 230, 00165 Rome RM 

Invited Faculty

Marco Catani | NatBrainLab, King's College, UK
David Poeppel | Max-Planck-Institute für empirische Ästhetik, Frankfurt
Isabelle Peretz | University of Montréal, Canada
Gabriele Miceli | CIMeC, University of Trento, and Centro Interdisciplinare Linceo, Rome
Alex Martin | Section on Cognitive Neuropsychology, Laboratory of Brain and Cognition, National Institutes of Mental Health, Bethesda, USA
Costanza Papagno | University of Trento, and University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy
Laurent Cohen | ICM, Pitié Salpêtrière hospital and University of Paris, France
Cynthia K. Thompson | Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA


Monday 23rd September 2019
  8.15 -   9.00 | Registration
  9.00 - 12.00 | "Anatomical and functional overview"

  • Chair and Discussant: R. Bastiaanse
  • All paths lead to Broca's area - M. Catani
  • How the temporal lobe speaks to the frontal lobe - D. Poeppel

12.00-13.00 Break

13.00 - 15.00 | Oral presentaions - Chair: A. Rofes 
15.00 - 15.30 | Break
15.30 - 16.15 | Flash presentations

16.15 - 17.00 | Poster session 1 - Chair: D. De Kok

Tuesday 24th​ September 2019
  9.00 -  12.00 | "Auditory and music perception"

  • Chair and Discussant: L. Nickels
  • Singing in the brain revisited - I. Peretz
  • "People hearing without listening": the case of pure word deafness - G. Miceli

12.00 - 13.00 Break

13.00 - 14.15 | Oral presentations - Chiar: V. Fyndanis
14.15 - 14.45 | Break
14.45 - 15.30 | Flash presentations

15.30 - 16.30 Poster session 2 - Chair: D. De Kok

Wednesday 25th​ September 2019
  9.00 - 12.00 | "Semantic representations"

  • Chair adn Discussant: W. Best
  • Exploring abstracts and concrete words in the brain - C. Papagno
  • Concepts, categories and connectivity - A. Martin

12.00 - 13.00 Break

13.00 - 15.00 | Oral presentations - Chair: V. De Aguiar
15.00 - 15.30 | Break
15.30 - 16.15 | Flash presentations

16.45 -  17.00 | Poster sessions 3 - Chair: S. Martinez Ferreiro

Thursday 26th​ September 2019
  9.00 - 12.00 | "Language in the temporal lobe: Evolution, loss & recovery|

  • Chair and Discussant: D. Howard
  • Visual words in the temporal cortex - L. Cohen
  • The role of temporal lobe tissue in syntactic processing: Neurotypical and treatment induced aphasia recovery - C. K. Thompson

12.00 - 13.00 Break

13.00 - 13.45 | Flash presentations
13.45 - 14.30 | Poster session 4 - Chair: S. Martinez Ferreiro

Scientific committee

Abstract submission

The deadline for submissions for abstracts has been postponed to the 1st of May. In case you already submitted your abstract and still would like to modify it, it is also possible to submit a modified version until the 1st of May.


Participants are invited to submit abstracts for oral presentation or poster sessions on the topics of neurotechnology and language, clinical and experimental work on aphasia and related disorders, neurocognition of language. Please send your abstracts to the dedicated email address

Abstracts need to fit the template below:

  • do not exceed 1,000 words (including headings, excluding references).
  • one figure/table is allowed. Tables and figures must be placed at the required position in the text. Figures should be in black and white with a minimal resolution of 300dpi;
  • title of your abstract;
  • authors of the Abstract (ex. Paul Broca, Carl Wernicke, XXXX) - affiliations of the authors;
  • introduction;
  • methods;
  • subheading;
  • results;
  • discussion;
  • references;
  • author, X. Y. (2012). Title of paper. Title of Journal, 1, 1-2.

Please indicate your preference for a poster or oral presentation in your mail.

Please note: It is not allowed to have more than one presentation or poster as first author. Please use the attached format for your submission. The submission must be in Word. Submissions that do not fit with the template may be rejected.

More information on the conference is available on the conference website

Registration fees

The registration fee includes:

  • the access to scientific sessions;
  • congress kit;
  • certificate of attendance.

Rates include VAT 

Early registration

Within June 29th , 2019 
Senior Researcher / Senior: Euro 450,00 
Student: Euro 250,00

Late registration

Starting from June 29th, 2019
Senior Researcher / Senior: Euro 500,00
Student: Euro 280,00

Terms of payment

Registration tool

Registration form must be completed online (available on Balestra s.r.l. webpage). Accepted payment methods available online. To complete online registration, it is mandatory to send a copy of bank transfer payment receipt by email or by fax +39 06 62277364