Meet the researcher
Dr. Joseph Devlin’s research asks the question: What’s unique about the human brain that allows us to use language when other species cannot? Obviously many other species communicate — often in sophisticated ways — but even so full-blown language appears to be specific to humans. Devlin’s work explores the hypothesis that our unique neurobiological inheritance are subtle changes in connectivity patterns within our brain relative to other primates that link up older cognitive abilities in a new way and thereby enable the emergent of language.
On the web
- Modulation of intra- and inter-hemispheric connectivity between primary and premotor cortex during speech perception Brain and Language DOI: 10.1016/j.bandl.2017.12.002
- Stimulating multiple-demand cortex enhances vocabulary learning. The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for Neuroscience DOI: 10.1523/jneurosci.3857-16.2017
- Using transcranial magnetic stimulation of the undamaged brain to identify lesion sites that predict language outcome after stroke. Brain : a journal of neurology, 140 (6), 1729-1742 DOI: 10.1093/brain/awx087
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