Neuroscience of Language Lab
We study the neural basis of language and other higher level cognitive functions. In particular, we ask how humans produce and understand sentences. How do we order words in grammatical ways? How do we understand the different meanings that are conveyed by different sentence structures? How and when do children acquire these abilities?
Research in the lab examines three different populations (typically developing children, adults, patients with brain lesions) and employs both neuroimaging and behavioral methods. These different strands of research are connected by common themes including the role of the frontal cortex in sequencing and language processing, the interaction between language and other cognitive functions (particularly executive function), and the role of language experience in shaping language use.