Dr. B.P.A. (Bastien Pierre-Alexandre) Boutonnet

Position:
  • Postdoctoral Researcher
Expertise:
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Predictive Coding
  • Object Categorisation




For a full list of publications and more information see http://www.bastienboutonnet.com

Research

Interests:
My research interests range over the following areas:

  • psycholinguistics
  • neurolinguistics
  • bilingualism
  • language acquisition
  • semantics
  • philosophy of language
I am particularly interested with how and the extent to which language relates with other cognitive mechanisms and issues such as the relation between language and thought; what thought is made of; the extent to which language is innate; where and how language is represented in the minds of monolinguals and bilinguals.

I am also interested in issues related to foreign accent language processing. For example, I'd like to know if people predict language more when listening to foreign accented speech and whether people are more flexible with their semantic expectations.

Methods:
I use mainly Electroencephalography (EEG) which records, in real time, the brain’s electrical activity at the surface of the scalp. So far, I have mainly looked at EEG data in terms of Event-Related Potentials (ERPs) but I am currently working on the implementation of functional connectivity measures (PLV, PLI, WPLI, Graph Theory) as such methods are particularly useful for any understanding of the dynamics of the networks we assume are underlying effects of language on categorical and perceptual processes. I also look at ERP data in single-trials to correlate individual trial variation with behavioural measures such as reaction times.

To process EEG data, I use EEGLab & FieldTrip (MATLAB Toolboxes), as well as NeuroScan and BrainVision Analyser. I usually use the R environment to carry out statistical analyses, Graph Theoretical approaches and I automatise data handling in Python.

Curriculum vitae

2015 – present: Postdoctoral Researcher. AThEME project “Being Multilingual”. University of Leiden, NL.

2014 – 2015: Research Associate. Gary Lupyan’s lab. University of Wisconsin, Madison

2012 – 2013: Research Support Project Officer. Guillaume Thierry’s lab.

Last Modified: 11-12-2015