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Saturday, February 23, 2008
Communication for Managers
Required seminar for Management Science majors to develop the writing, speaking, teamwork, and interpersonal communication skills necessary for managers. Students learn communication principles, strategies, and methods through discussions, exercises, examples, and cases. Assignments include writing memos and business letters, and giving oral presentations in labs outside of class. A major project is the production of a team report and presentation on a topic of interest to a managerial audience.
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Core subject for students majoring in management science. Surveys individual and social psychology and organization theory interpreted in the context of the managerial environment. Laboratory involves projects of an applied nature in behavioral science. Emphasizes use of behavioral science research methods to test hypotheses concerning organizational behavior. Instruction and practice in communication include report writing, team decision-making, and oral and visual presentation. Twelve units may be applied to the General Institute Laboratory Requirement.
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Surveys social psychology and organization theory interpreted in the context of the managerial environment. Shares lectures with 15.301, with a separate recitation required. 15.301 is intended primarily for non-Sloan students, both graduate and undergraduate. Deals with a number of diverse subjects, including motivation and reward systems for engineers and scientists in industry; the aging of technical groups; the management of R&D matrix organizations; and the architecture of R&D laboratories and its effect on communication patterns in the organization. 15.301 is a core subject for students majoring in management science. A laboratory is a required element of the course for these students. It involves projects of an applied nature in behavioral science. Emphasizes use of behavioral science research methods to test hypotheses concerning organizational behavior. Instruction and practice in communication include report writing, team decision-making, and oral and visual presentation.
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Presents negotiation theory -- strategies and styles -- within an employment context. Special emphasis on sources of power in negotiation. Covers conflict management as a first party and as a third party (third-party skills include helping others deal directly with their conflicts, mediation, investigation, arbitration, and helping the system itself to change as a result of a dispute). Special cases include abrasiveness, dangerousness, racism, sexism, whistleblowing, and ethics. Simulations of difficult situations such as cross-cultural mentoring and an emergency. One double class. Requires a commitment to attend all classes. From the course home page: Course Description Negotiation and Conflict Management presents negotiation theory – strategies and styles – within an employment context. 15.667 meets only eleven times, with a different topic each week, which is why students should commit to attending all classes. In addition to the theory and exercises presented in class, students practice negotiating with role-playing simulations that cover a range of topics. Students also learn how to negotiate in difficult situations, which include abrasiveness, racism, sexism, whistle-blowing, and emergencies. The course covers conflict management as a first party and as a third party: third-party skills include helping others deal directly with their conflicts, mediation, investigation, arbitration, and helping the system change as a result of a dispute. Learning and grading in 15.667 is based on: readings, simulations and class discussions, four self-assessments, your analysis of the negotiations of others, writing each week in your journal, and writing three Little Papers.
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Technology Policy Negotiations and its prequel, ESD.932, Technology Policy Organizations, form a sequence on Organizational Processes in Technology Policy. This course provides a core framework for an interest-based approach to negotiations, along with a systems approach to dispute resolution in organizations. Core interactive skills are developed, including communication skills, negotiating over the "rules of game," and cross-cultural negotiations. Key assigments center on ethical debates in technology policy, regional economic development challenges, and assessment of organizational dispute resolution systems.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Neurolinguistics References 2008
2007 Neurolinguistics: An Introduction to Spoken Language Processing and its Disorders (Cambridge Textbooks in Linguistics) by John C. L. Ingram (Author) (Paperback - Nov 5, 2007)
What biological factors make human communication possible? How do we process and understand language? How does brain damage affect these mechanisms, and what can this tell us about how language is organized in the brain? The field of neurolinguistics seeks to answer these questions, which are crucial to linguistics, psychology and speech pathology alike. This textbook introduces the central topics in neurolinguistics: speech recognition, word and sentence structure, meaning, and discourse - in both 'normal' speakers and those with language disorders. It moves on to provide a balanced discussion of key areas of debate such as modularity and the 'language areas' of the brain, 'connectionist' versus 'symbolic' modelling of language processing, and the nature of linguistic and mental representations. Making accessible over half a century of scientific and linguistic research, and containing extensive study questions, it will be welcomed by all those interested in the relationship between language and the brain.
About the Author
John C. L. Ingram is Senior Lecturer on the Linguistics Program at the
2008 Handbook of the Neuroscience of Language by Brigitte Stemmer (Editor), Harry A. Whitaker (Editor)
The Handbook of the Neuroscience of Language is a state-of-the-art reference and resource volume for researchers in neuroscience and modern neurolinguistics. This Handbook can easily serve as a primary text in graduate seminars in neurolinguistics, with authors focusing on current research and pointing readers to the older literature by reference to published review articles.
This is partially a 2nd ed of the HANDBOOK OF NEUROLINGUISTICS.
Editors Stemmer & Whitaker prepared the original Handbook of Neurolinguistics, published in 1998 by Academic Press. This new edition has been re-structured and re-titled to reflect recent developments in neurolinguistics, moving the book squarely into the cognitive neuroscience of language and capturing the developments in the field over the past 7 years.
* History section modified to focus on topics that play a current role neurolinguistics research, aphasia syndromes, and lesion analysis
* Includes new section on neuroimaging to reflect the dramatic changes in methodology over the last decade
* Updated experimental and clinical section to reflect recent developments
* Original chapters have been entirely re-written rather than merely updated
* Fully updated resources section
2007 Music, Language, and the Brain by Aniruddh D. Patel (Author)
"Music and language, two of the defining attributes of our species, share many similarities-but also major differences. Their relationship has provoked passionate debate since
"Patel's dissection of the multiple components of language and music cognition is elegant and deeply knowledgeable. His writing achieves a masterly balance. On the one hand he is bold and creative in uncovering and explaining important phenomena that link language and music. On the other hand he displays true scientific humility in refusing to speculate too far beyond the known facts. In a subject area prone to superficiality and overstatement, Patel is a sure and trustworthy guide for how to make real progress in understanding these complex but fascinating phenomena."--John Sloboda, Professor of Psychology,
"This book will be required reading for specialists, and interesting and informative reading for everyone. It manages to combine remarkable breadth of coverage with genuine depth of understanding, and it's clearly and elegantly written. The author has a clear point of view and wants to get it across to other researchers, but never lets that get in the way of the book's more fundamental goal of putting the latest research within the reach of the interested non-specialist reader."--D.R. Ladd, Professor of Linguistics, University of
"Reading Patel's Music, Language, and the Brain is a deeply rewarding experience. The question of whether parallels exist between music and language has until now been a question of wide interest and speculation. This landmark monograph provides a detailed and informed framework for examining this question scientifically. The presentation presumes no prior specialized knowledge and offers clear explanations of the technical ideas necessary inspiring agenda for future research, ranging from intriguing speculations to carefully-worked out experimental designs.Music, Language, and the Brain will shape and inform research on the relationship between music and language for decades to come."--Carol L. Krumhansl, Prof. of Psychology,
In the first comprehensive study of the relationship between music and language from the standpoint of cognitive neuroscience, Aniruddh D. Patel challenges the widespread belief that music and language are processed independently. Since Plato's time, the relationship between music and language has attracted interest and debate from a wide range of thinkers. Recently, scientific research on this topic has been growing rapidly, as scholars from diverse disciplines, including linguistics, cognitive science, music cognition, and neuroscience are drawn to the music-language interface as one way to explore the extent to which different mental abilities are processed by separate brain mechanisms. Accordingly, the relevant data and theories have been spread across a range of disciplines. This volume provides the first synthesis, arguing that music and language share deep and critical connections, and that comparative research provides a powerful way to study the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying these uniquely human abilities.
2003 The Neuroscience of Language: On Brain Circuits of Words and Serial Order (Paperback) by Friedemann Pulvermüller (Author)
2001 The Neurocognition of Language by Colin M. Brown
2000 Language and the Brain by Yosef Grodzinsky (Editor), Lewis P. Shapiro (Editor), David Swinney (Editor)
The study of language has increasingly become an area of interdisciplinary interest. Not only is it studied by speech specialists and linguists, but by psychologists and neuroscientists as well, particularly in understanding how the brain processes meaning. This book is a comprehensive look at sentence processing as it pertains to the brain, with contributions from individuals in a wide array of backgrounds, covering everything from language acquisition to lexical and syntactic processing, speech pathology, memory, neuropsychology, and brain imaging.
Tel Aviv Univ., Israel. Offers state-of-the-art multidisciplinary perspectives on the inner workings of the complex neural and psychological mechanisms supporting language. For researchers.
1998 Language and the Brain (Cambridge Approaches to Linguistics) (Paperback) by Loraine K. Obler (Author), K. Gjerlow (Author)
1998 Handbook of Neurolinguistics by Brigitte Stemmer and Harry A. Whitaker (Hardcover - Jan 15, 1998)
2007 Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks
2006 Toward an Evolutionary Biology of Language by Philip Lieberman
2006 The Cognitive Neuroscience of Second Language Aquisition (The Language Learning Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics Cognitive Neuroscience Series) [ILLUSTRATED] (Paperback)
by John H. Schumann (Editor), Peter Indefrey (Editor), Marianne Gullberg (Editor)
This volume explores the cognitive neuroscience of second language acquisition from the perspectives of critical/sensitive periods, maturational effects, individual differences, neural regions involved, and processing characteristics. The research methods used include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and event related potentials (ERP).
- The studies in this volume provide initial answers to core questions including: which brain areas are reliably activated in second language processing? Are they the same or different from those activated in first language acquisition and use? And what are the behavioral consequences of individual differences among brains?
From the Back Cover
The articles in this volume explore the cognitive neuroscience of second language acquisition from the perspectives of critical/sensitive periods, maturational effects, individual differences, neural regions involved, and processing characteristics. The research methodologies used include functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), positron emission tomography (PET), and event related potentials (ERP). Questions addressed include: Which brain areas are reliably activated in second language processing? Are they the same or different from those activated in first language acquisition and use? What are the behavioral consequences of individual differences among brains? What are the consequences of anatomical and physiological differences, learner proficiency effects, critical/sensitive periods? What role does degeneracy, in which two different neural systems can produce the same behavioral output, play? What does it mean that learners' brains respond to linguistic distinctions that cannot be recognized or produced yet? The studies in this volume provide initial answers to all of these questions.