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Neurolinguistics Laboratory


Lab Meetings: Neurolinguistics Lab meetings are held weekly. 
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Mission Statement

The Neurolinguistics Laboratory has as its goal to understand the organization and processing of language in the adult brain. Particular foci of interest are:

  1. the language changes associated with aphasia

  2. the way agrammatism manifests differently, and similarly, across languages

  3. the language changes of healthy aging and dementia

  4. the way languages are organized in, and utilized by, the brain of the bilingual or polyglot

  5. how dyslexics (monolingual or bilingual) succeed in learning to read

  6. why dyslexics have difficulty learning a 'foreign' language

Current Research

Ongoing research in the Neurolinguistics Lab includes projects on cognitive underpinnings of dyslexia, brain resources available for language performance in older adults, agrammatism in Spanish-speakers, Heritage-language Haitian-Creole speakers, lexical retrieval in discourse in older adults, sentence comprehension in older adults (as it links to brain regions available, underlying executive functions, different syntactic structures, eye-tracking). 

Research with colleagues in other labs includes these topics in conjunction with the NIH-funded Language in the Aging Brain Lab at the Boston VA Healthcare System where Prof. Obler is co-PI with Martin Albert, with Mira Goral on recovery from multilingual aphasia and, with Klara Marton, on executive function underpinnings of comprehension. As well, Prof. Obler has been working with Roelien Bastiaanse and Tom Abuom on agrammatism in Swahili and with Barbara Moser-Mercer, Miriam Shlesinger, Ingrid Kurz and Minhua Li on Cognition in Simultaneous Interpreters' Career Trajectories (an AIIC-funded project)

Principal Investigator:

Loraine K. Obler, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences,
Graduate School and University Center,
City University of New York,
365 Fifth Ave
New York, New York 10016-4309

Phone: 212-817-8809
Fax: 212-817-1537