Neural Mechanisms of Language Processing and Recovery

Neural Mechanisms of Language Processing and Recovery


This work uses functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine brain mechanisms involved in (primarily) verb and sentence processing. These studies map the neural networks for language in healthy volunteers and chart how these networks are compromised by stroke or other brain disease. Supported by the NIH R01 DC01948 and P50 DC012283. CTI CBMG


  • Studies with thompson-et-alcognitively health people include investigations of the neural correlates of complex sentence processing (e.g., sentences with long-distance dependencies) and studies of verb argument structure processing.


  • Studies of neuroplasticity investigate the neural mechanisms of language processing in people with verb and sentence deficits resulting from stroke and progressive neurological disease and how the networks for language recover or decline over time and are influenced by treatment.



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