Cognitive psychologist Iris Berent will explain her hypothesis on abstract phonological principles in a lecture titled "On the origins of phonology," as part of a colloquium hosted by the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Sciences. The author of "The phonological mind," Berent has contributed to several journals and is the recipient of many accolades including, most recently, a National Science Foundation award. Berent is currently a professor at Northeastern University. The event begins at 4 p.m. in the Metcalf Research Building, Room 101, Friedman Auditorium, 190 Thayer St.