Welcome to the Brain and Language Lab

Welcome to the Brain and Language Lab at Georgetown University. Our broad goal is to understand the neural and computational bases of language and memory, both in healthy populations and in disorders. We are particularly interested in language learning, relearning, and retention, and how these depend on long-term memory systems in the brain. Our research is basic, applied and translational, with the aim of understanding not only the neurocognitive mechanisms of learning/retention, but also how learning/retention can be enhanced both in healthy individuals and those with brain dysfunction. Much of our work focuses on later-language acquisition and bilingualism, and on developmental disorders such as Specific Language Impairment, autism, dyslexia, ADHD, and Tourette syndrome. However, we are also interested in language dysfunction, recovery, and rehabilitation in adult-onset disorders such as aphasia, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and Huntington's disease. Our research also examines within and between subject differences in the neurocognition of language and memory, as a function of factors such as genetic variation, endocrine fluctuations, and sex and handedness. Our work is strongly theoretical as well as empirical. On the theoretical side, we develop theories and specific hypotheses related to language and memory in healthy populations and disorders. On the empirical side, together with our colleagues we test our hypotheses using a set of complementary behavioral, neurological, neuroimaging (ERPs, fMRI), biological (genetic, endocrine, pharmacological), and meta-analytic (anatomical, behavioral) approaches.

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