We study the neural basis of language and other higher level cognitive functions. In particular, we ask how humans produce and understand sentences. How do we order words in grammatical ways? How do we understand the different meanings that are conveyed by different sentence structures?
Research in the lab examines three different populations (healthy adults, patients with aphasia, typically developing children) and employs neuroimaging (fMRI), eye-tracking, and other behavioral methods. Common research themes include the role of language experience in shaping language use, the neural basis of sentence production and language processing, and the interaction between language and cognitive control (or executive function).