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LINGUIST List 21.607

Fri Feb 05 2010

Books: Cognitive Science: Rosenberg

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        1.    Ulrich Lueders, Linguistics Meets Chronobiology: Rosenberg

Message 1: Linguistics Meets Chronobiology: Rosenberg
Date: 25-Jan-2010
From: Ulrich Lueders <lincom.europat-online.de>
Subject: Linguistics Meets Chronobiology: Rosenberg
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Title: Linguistics Meets Chronobiology
Subtitle: Impact of Sustained Wakefulness and Circadian Rhythmicities on a Minimal Syntactic Decision Task
Series Title: Linguistics Edition 76
Published: 2010
Publisher: Lincom GmbH

Author: Jessica Rosenberg
Paperback: ISBN: 9783895869662 Pages: 173 Price: Europe EURO 64.50

The current project investigated the impact of circadian modulations on
language performance. The circadian master oscillator in humans and other
mammals emits signals that trigger organ-specific oscillators, and
therefore, constitutes a basic biological process that enables organisms to
anticipate daily environmental changes by adjusting their behaviour,
physiology and gene regulation. Although circadian rhythms are well
characterized on a physiological level, little is known about how language
is influenced by circadian modulations. A small number of studies on
diurnal variations in language performance reported contradictory results,
presumably due to poor control over internally generated circadian variations.

However, the applied constant-routine design allows for a more stringent
match of external and internal factors. Therefore, two of the present
studies reported in this dissertation were conducted under the unmasking
conditions of constant routines. Circadian variations in language
performance were addressed with a focus on gender agreement of nouns. Tests
of general attention and sensori-motor performance were embedded in the
constant routine protocols as well. Results were compared to a time-of-day
design, which enabled the identification of masking and compensatory
conditions occurring in everyday life. The results have important
implications for establishing optimal times for work shift changes or for
testing healthy and linguistically impaired people.

The author holds a bachelorĀ“s degree in Cognitive Science as well as a
masterĀ“s degree in Clinical Linguistics. She received her doctorate at the
Humboldt-University of Berlin.

Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science

Written In: English (eng )

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