Research in the Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory examines language processing (primarily verb and sentence processing) in cognitively healthy volunteers and individuals with stroke-induced and primary progressive aphasia (PPA). Studies map the neural mechanisms of language processing using advanced neuroimaging techniques, and processing routines engaged for normal sentence processing using eyetracking paradigms. Studies also examine how the neural and cognitive mechanisms for language are compromised and how they recover in people with aphasia. The effects of psycholinguistically-based treatment for verb and sentence deficits on cognitive and neural processing also are tested, and we seek to determine cognitive and neural biomarkers of language recovery. The lab is part of the Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery, directed by Dr. Thompson.
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