Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Building
358 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
My research focuses on the cognitive and neural basis of adult language impairments caused by stroke and neurodegenerative disease (e.g., primary progressive aphasia). I am particularly interested in how sentences are comprehended and produced in typical adult language and in adults with language disorders. When listening to sentences, people must combine individual words into sentence structures that reflect the speaker’s intended meaning. When speaking, people must plan and produce a sequence of words that reflects what they want to say. Understanding these processes provides the basis for developing and testing approaches to language treatment for aphasia. For example, my colleagues and I use eye-tracking to examine how language treatment changes the processes supporting language production and comprehension. In addition, my current research uses simultaneous eye-tracking and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) in order to relate real-time language processing to its neural substrates.