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Language (LAN)

Research in the LAN group is concerned both with behavioural and neural correlates of human language comprehension and production in both typical and clinical populations. There are two inter-related themes: theoretical and applied.

Theoretically we have particular interests in two areas:

1) understanding the mapping between linguistic and non-linguistic cognitive systems, with a particular focus on the mapping between language and the vision and action systems, and

2) eye movements in language comprehension, such as understanding how people resolve temporary syntactic ambiguities, either spoken or written, in the face of various informational constraints.

On the applied side, we conduct studies with a range of clinical populations in order to understanding the underlying causes of language deficits. Our primary focus is on cognitive and neuropsychological mechanisms. Disorders that we study include Autism Spectrum Disorders, Broca’s Aphasia, Dyslexia, and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. The long-term goal of this work is to apply the findings from our studies to both the development of better assessment measures and diagnostic tools, and to matching interventions with specific language problems.