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Congratulations to Patrick C. Trettenbrein who is our featured spotlight member!



Title of Publication: The demise of the synapse as the locus of memory: A looming paradigm shift?

Journal: Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience


Patrick studied cognitive science with a focus on linguistics and philosophy in Graz and London. He considers himself a linguist (as opposed to a languist) and is currently a PhD candidate in linguistics (neuro- and psycholinguistics) at the University of Graz, Austria. Research interests include but are not limited to the biological foundations of language, the brain basis for language functions, and the evolution of the language faculty. In his PhD project he is looking for the “triangles in the brain,” meaning that he deals with the neurobiology of syntax and investigates the neural correlates and possible mechanisms subserving local and global syntactic computations carried out in wetware. For his master’s thesis he worked on language attrition which led him to inquire how brains carry forward information in time in the most general sense. The publication featured here is, at least in part, a continuation of this primal interest in memory systems and mechanisms.

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Membership in an academic society is probably one of the best ways to keep up with current developments in a field beyond one’s own usually quite narrow area of expertise. My own work is located at the crossroads of linguistics and (cognitive) neuroscience which makes it virtually impossible for me to keep up with the latest developments in all (sub-)fields. Hence, I joined the LSA in order to stay up to date with regard to what is going on in linguistics “at large.” What’s more, it seems to me that having a visible and strong advocacy for (academic) linguistics is desirable. The LSA is doing a great job at that, so I’m glad to support this work, albeit just a little, with my membership fee.


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