The central question my research aims to answer is: Why is human language a unique ability in the animal kingdom? Although other animals certainly communicate, sometimes in fairly sophisticated ways, no other species uses such a rich, complex system, capable of conveying essentially infinite amounts of information. My research focuses specifically on the brain-basis of this difference. Interestingly, there is no single area of the human brain dedicated to language that differentiates us from other primates such as chimps. Instead, the differences may be related to how information is integrated across brain regions. My work aims to: i) determine how such information is represented and processed in human brains, ii) to identify how similar or different this processing is across species, and iii) to investigate potential differences in the wiring patterns in human brains that enable novel interactions which potentially give rise to human language.
Auditory processing|*|Behaviour|*|Behavioural analysis|*|Brain imaging|*|Cognition|*|Computational modeling|*|Computational modelling|*|Connectivity|*|Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)|*|Functional MRI (fMRI)|*|Image analysis|*|Language|*|Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)|*|Morphology|*|Neuroanatomical approaches|*|Neuroanatomy|*|Neuroimaging|*|Not clinically oriented research|*|Perirhinal cortex|*|Positron Emission Tomography (PET)|*|Prefrontal cortex|*|Priming|*|Speech|*|Statistics|*|Temporal lobes|*|Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
- Cognitive Neuroimaging
- Functional imaging of language and object recognition in normal and neurologically damaged subjects.
- Visual cognition:
- anatomical language circuits
- comparative neuroanatomy and language evolution
- computational modeling
- functional and structural neuro-imaging
- neural information processing of human language
- semantic memory