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 Lab Overview

The overarching goal of our laboratory is to explore general cognitive functions and its interactive relationships with language. We mainly use imaging and neurophysical techniques including functional MRI (fMRI), Electroencephalography (EEG), Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) and Magnetoencephalography  (MEG) to conduct our research.

The populations of interest are extensive-healthy adults and children, patients with stroke, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury and mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, etc. In addition to identifying biomarkers, we aim to combine cognitive training with neuroimaging for clinical applications. We are interested in neural change following cognitive training as well as development of various training programs and human- machine interface. We have employed computational approaches and combined multiple imaging modalities to investigate structural and functional deficits and change in patients.

Our research has focused on non-literal language comprehension including metaphors, puns and jokes. Besides, our projects have also investigated memory networks (in both gray and white matters) and imagery in healthy and in patients with physical limitations. Our research has shown that diverse complex linguistic stimuli are windows for investigation of interacting cognitive functions and multimodal techniques provide comprehensive information about human language processing and hemispheric lateralization.

Finally, our laboratory provides students with interdisciplinary training in biomedical imaging, linguistic therapy, cognitive neurology and computational neuroscience. As a result, our students might be able to pursue advanced studies in clinical neuroscience and biomedical imaging or work for related fields in their future.

For further information regarding our research and volunteering opportunities, please email us at: c504lab@gmail.com.