Language Neuroscience Laboratory

Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The Language Neuroscience Laboratory is located in the Vanderbilt Bill Wilkerson Center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Research in the Language Neuroscience Laboratory focuses on understanding the neural basis of language. We combine structural and functional neuroimaging techniques with linguistic analysis to study language processing, and how it breaks down in patients with different kinds of aphasia. We work with patients with aphasias of various etiologies, including neurodegenerative disease and stroke. Language domains of particular interest are syntactic processing and lexical access.

News

October 19, 2016
MRI cake

An MRI cake for my birthday! Thank you, Deb, Melodie, Sarah and Jillian for the impromptu party...

September 2, 2016
New paper

This paper, based on Stephanie Yagata's Masters thesis, comprises a detailed investigation of early patterns of change in connected speech after focal infarction of Wernicke's area.

August 23, 2016
New paper

June 1, 2016
Moving to Vanderbilt University

The Language Neuroscience Lab has now relocated to the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

May 12, 2016
Congratulations, graduates of 2016

Angelica McCarron, B.S., Stefanie Lauderdale, B.S.

February 10, 2016
New paper

This paper is based on Alexa's honors thesis, for which she received the award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research from the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences for 2015.

July 6, 2015
New paper

May 13, 2015
Congratulations class of 2015

February 19, 2015
Wernicke's model of language

Credits: Angelica McCarron, Alexa Bautista.

January 23, 2015
Making posters for UBRP conference

September 2, 2014
Farewell, Temre

August 30, 2014
New paper

July 3, 2014
Angelica on the radio

Angelica McCarron appeared on KXCI's "The Thesis" today, where she talked about the neural basis of language, explained her three projects, and did some guest DJing. Listen!

June 12, 2014
Our research in UA News

NIH Awards UA $2M to Study Recovery of Language After Stroke

May 5, 2014
Congratulations, Temre!

Temre Brandt has received the award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research from the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences for 2014. This award is in recognition in the critical roles she is played in both our acute stroke project and our inflectional morphology in PPA project.

April 3, 2014
Congratulations, Julia!

Julia Fisher has received a GPSC Achievement Award for Outstanding Interdisciplinary Development by a Graduate/Professional Student (Honorable Mention), for her work bridging Lingusitics and Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences.

February 18, 2014
Wernicke's model of language

Credits: Lauren Zimmerman, Gina Miller, Betsy Lukins.

January 23, 2014
New paper

Here is a map of core language areas in an individual participant, using our new Siemens Skyra 3T scanner, tiny voxels, hypercapnic normalization, and vein masking. Note the precise localization of language regions to the dorsal bank of the superior temporal sulcus!

This research is described in our new paper which is now available online ahead of print:

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