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Neuropragmatics and Emotion Lab (the Pell Lab)

Marc Pell

    Marc D. Pell, PhD

      Director and Associate Dean,
      School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

      Faculty of Medicine

      James McGill Professor, McGill University


The Neuropragmatics and Emotion Lab (the Pell Lab) specializes in how we communicate emotions, attitudes, and other intentions while speaking. We are located in the School of Communication Sciences & Disorders at McGill University in Montréal, Québec, CANADA. The School forms one of the units within McGill's Faculty of Medicine

We are one of many research labs in the growing field of Social Cognitive Neuroscience; our goal is to advance knowledge of how humans communicate and interact socially through analysis of social, cognitive, and neural dimensions of spoken language behaviour. 

Many of our studies are devoted specifically to how emotional prosody ("tone of voice") is conveyed and understood in the context of spoken language. A complementary goal of our research is to understand how acquired diseases of the brain affect the ability to communicate emotions and to process non-literal or "pragmatic" meanings in speech.

This site provides an overview of our mission, ongoing projects, human talent, and recent activities. If you are interested in knowing more about our work, or if you wish to conduct research in association with the Pell Lab, do not hesitate to contact us; we would be pleased to speak with you.