Timing, action, and language - ILCB Iméra Chair Workshop

Timing, action, and language

ILCB / Iméra Chair's Workshop

March 24, 9am-5pm, at Iméra's meeting room (Maison Neuve)

On invitation basis only

Zoom link: https://univ-amu-fr.zoom.us/j/81018144023?pwd=WnBSVEkyd2lNZXErOWtUbWUvWlp6dz09

To conclude Kate Watkin’s research project and research residency at Iméra, the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) of Aix-Marseille University, Marie-Helene Grosbras, Jenny Coull and Kate Watkins are organising a workshop on the 24th March at Iméra to discuss the role of timing in the guidance of actions generally and in speech and language more specifically.  The aim is to bring together local researchers who are tackling these topics from different perspectives, in the hope of fostering closer collaboration and developing innovative lines of research.



Timing is essential for the smooth coordination of neural and motor processes involved in action execution.  The brain’s ability to time actions is related to the integration of information across sensory modalities and involves generation of predictive signals to anticipate future events.  Timing ability is essential for successful performance of movements in music, and dance, and for speech production and perception.  Intelligible speech requires precise timing of movements of the articulators.   In addition, the perception of timing cues in speech provides important information about meaning in language comprehension.  Understanding the role of timing in action and language production and perception can provide us with a better understanding of the brain processes involved, how the brain integrates information across sensory and motor domains and, ultimately, may inform interventions aimed at improving performance across a range of contexts and in disorders.


The Programme

9:00 – 9:30       Arrival and coffee, Cafétéria de la Maison Neuve


9:30 – 9:45      Kate Watkins, ILCB/Iméra Chair

           Welcome and Introduction


9:45 – 10:15     Jenny Coull, Laboratoire des Neurosciences Cognitives, CNRS, AMU

            Constructing a sense of time through action


10:15 – 10:45   Helene Wilquin, Laboratoire de Psychologie Clinique, de Psychopathologie et de Psychanalyse & Laboratoire des Neurosciences Cognitives, AMU

            Motor timing in schizophrenia


10 :45 - 11 :15 Nicolas Meirhaeghe, Institut de Neurosciences de la Timone, AMU

            Neural correlate of prior experience in timing behavior


11:15 - 11:45   Coffee à la cafétéria de la Maison Neuve


11:45 – 12:15   Benjamin Morillon, Institut de Neurosciences des Systèmes, INSERM, AMU

                      Neural dynamics of predictive timing and motor engagement in music listening


12:15 – 12:45   Elin Runnqvist, Laboratoire Parole et Langage, CNRS, AMU

 Connecting movement and cognition through performance monitoring of hybrid actions


12:45 – 14:00   Lunch à la cafétéria de la Maison Neuve


14:00 – 14:30   Kristof Strijkers, Laboratoire Parole et Langage, CNRS, AMU

            The spatiotemporal dynamics of language production vs perception


14:30 – 15:00   Isaih Mohamed, Institut de Neurosciences des Systèmes, AMU

                      Bridging verbal coordination and neural dynamics.


15:00 – 15:30   Margaux Le, Laboratoire des Neurosciences Cognitives & Centre PsyClé, AMU

            Influence of rhythmic background on handwriting in children


15:30 – 16:00   Coffee à la cafétéria de la Maison Neuve


16:00 – 16:30   Gaelle Alhaddad, Laboratoire des Neurosciences Cognitives, AMU

 Handwriting performance in Biscriptuals: The Role of Executive Functions and Fine Motor Skills


16:30 – 17:00   Adrien Meguerditchian, Laboratoire de Psychologie Cognitive, AMU

           Language & action: what does research in nonhuman primates tell us?


17:00 – 18:00   Discussion around apéro



If you are interested in presenting and/or attending please contact us by e-mail at kate.watkins@psy.ox.ac.uk. Lunch will be provided for confirmed participants.


About the organizer

Kate Watkins is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Dept. of Experimental Psychology and Tutorial Fellow in Psychology, St Anne’s College, University of Oxford. She is a resident research Fellow at Iméra and Holder of the ILCB / Iméra chair.