Plenary 6, Thursday April 5, 2018   11:10 am - 12:30 pm 

(PL6) Language, Evolution and Consciousness

Noam Chomsky, University of Arizona                  

Thomas Bever, University of Arizona                  

Massimo Piattelli Palmarini, University of Arizona


Thomas G. Bever

Regent's Professor of Psychology, Linguistics,

Cognitive Science and Neuroscience

Vice-Director, Center for Consciousness Studies

University of Arizona


Thomas G. Bever, PhD


Tom Bever’s teaching and research uses language as a lens to explore Cognitive. Linguistic and Neurological Universals. He ordinarily works with independent study undergraduates, graduate students and colleagues from many different departments.  

Bever’s current research areas include: language and consciousness,  sentence comprehension, cerebral asymmetries in humans and animals, constraints on learning in humans and animals, spatial cognition in humans and animals, reading, aesthetics.