My program of research involves examining the behavioural, functional and structural pathways of basic language processing, with respect to speech production and reading. In particular, I am interested in bridging the gap between behavioural, functional and structural research by examining the relationships between/among parameters from each field: reaction time and accuracy rates from behavioural research, characteristics of the blood oxygenated level dependent (i.e., BOLD) response function from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) research, and characteristics underlying white/grey matter from structural MRI and diffusion tensor imaging. In addition, I am interested in the way in which such models of language function (both behavioural and neuroanatomical) can inform models of dyslexia and other language impairments (e.g. aphasia).
- Behavioural and Neurobiological Correlates of Basic Reading Processes (NSERC funded)
- Brain Density and Rapid Automatized Naming in Adults With and Without Dyslexia (Killam funded; In collaboration with Dr. George Georgiou)
- Rapid Automatized Naming in English and Chinese First Language Speakers (In collaboration with Dr. George Georgiou and Dr. Shu Hua (Beijing Normal University))
- The Role of the N400 in Sentence Context for Younger and Older Adults (CFI funded; In collaboration with Dr. Esther Kim)
- Effects Transcranial Direct-Current Stimulation on Overt Reading Speed and Accuracy (In collaboration with Dr. Carol Boliek)