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Developmental Neurolinguistics Laboratory


Developmental Neurolinguistics Lab

Lab Meetings: Tuesday 11:00am - 1:00pm
Location: Room 7392

Mission Statement

The goal of the Developmental Neurolinguistic Lab is to understand the relationship between language and brain development, and later brain organization. 

Research projects that are currently in progress use electrophysiological methods to examine brain processes. An understanding of the relationship between language and brain development and later brain organization will help explain the nature of developmental language disorders. 

Within this site, you can find descriptions of the electrophysiological techniques that we use in ongoing studies. We are currently examining the neurophysiology of language learning in monolingual and bilingual children with typical and atypical language development, particularly children with specific language impairment (SLI) and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). We are also studying the language development of infants, specifically their abilities to discriminate and learn speech sounds (for example, ‘ba’ and ‘pa’), and word patterns. We use a method with the EEG (brainwaves) to see what is happening in a baby’s or child’s brain while he/she listens to sounds. We use a special net of electrodes to pick up brainwave activity from a baby’s or child’s brain. The net takes about 5 minutes to put on and does not hurt. 

The participants in these studies include infants and children with typical language development, children with SLI, and children with ASD. We recruit both monolingual and bilingual populations in many of our studies.

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Valerie Shafer, Ph.D. 
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences,
Graduate School and University Center,
City University of New York,
365 Fifth Ave
New York, New York 10016-4309

Phone: 212-817-8805
Fax: 212-817-1537