Antoni Rodriguez-Fornells is a Research Professor at the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA), and currently, a visiting scholar at Columbia Zuckerman Institute, Mind, Brain and Behavior. His research focuses on the neural mechanisms underlying language learning. His talk will be devoted to his study of motivation in language learning, which has surprising implications for language teaching and learning. The talk will be given as part of the seminar SLAA 649R: Research Critique in Second Language Acquisition.