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About the PNAS Member Editor
Name Bellugi, Ursula
Location Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Primary Field Systems Neuroscience
Secondary Field Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
 Election Citation
Bellugi's research is focused on the biological foundations of language and other cognitive functions as well as their genetic basis. Her findings have altered scientific understanding of the biological capacity for language in humans, for example, by showing that signed languages are organized, acquired, and processed in the same way as spoken languages.
 Research Interests
My research is focused on the biological foundations of language and other cognitive functions as well as their genetic basis. Research projects include studies of Language, Modality and the Brain; Brain Organization: Clues form Sign Aphasia; Williams Syndrome: Bridging Cognition Brain and Gene, and The Neural and Genetics Bases of Social Behavior. I have co-authored hundreds of papers and several books including The Signs of Language (which won an award from the Association of American Publishers); What the Hands Reveal About the Brain; Linking Cognitive, Brain and Molecular Genetics. I have organized symposia on Neurobiology: Brain and Cognitive Development; Cognition, Brain, and Gene; Genetics Syndromes of Contrasting Cognitive Profiles. Taken together, these studies permit the exploration of some of the central issues of cognitive neuroscience linking cognitive functions with their bases in neurobiology and gene expression.

 
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