Distinguished Lectures

Dr. Petitto has been deeply honored to have received many notable lecture invitations.

Sin Wai-Kin Distinguished Visiting Professorship in the Humanities–University of Hong Kong

In January 2015, Dr. Petitto will be presenting her work in Hong Kong. The topic for this lecture is “How babies discover language: Insights from a research journey spanning chimpanzees to children, and from co-founding the new discipline of Educational Neuroscience.” See more information about this lecture, click here.

Dr. Petitto addresses the Dalai Lama

In October, 2010, at a Symposium on Cognitive Science at University of Toronto, Dr. Petitto, had the pleasure of addressing the Dalai Lama on the topic of “Expanding the Human Brain’s Processing Capacity for Thought and Language: Insights from Neuroimaging Explorations of Bilingual and Monolingual Brains,” explaining the biological mechanisms and environmental factors that, together, determine how we acquire and organize language. Full article

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An Audience with Pope John Paul II

In 2003, Dr. Petitto was an invited expert panel member representing the newly created discipline “Educational Neuroscience” (Mind, Brain and Education) at the 400th Anniversary Celebration of Galileo Galilei’s Birthday at the Pontifical Scientific Academy and meets Pope John Paul II. Below: Dr. Petitto with His Holiness Pope John Paul II.

Dr. Petitto with His Holiness, Pope John Paul II