Research in the Language Neuroscience Laboratory focuses on understanding the neural basis of language. We combine structural and functional neuroimaging techniques with linguistic analysis to study language processing, and how it breaks down in patients with different kinds of aphasia. We work with patients with aphasias of various etiologies, including stroke and neurodegenerative disease. Language domains of particular interest are syntactic processing and lexical access.
I will present some of our recent work as part of the 2018 ASHA Research Symposium "Advances in Neuroplasticity Research: Language Recovery in Aphasia".
November 17, 2018
ASHA Research Symposium
October 19, 2018
Vintage IBM keyboard molded from Toblerone (among other features)...
August 17, 2018
Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Quebec City, 2018
July 31, 2018
An adaptive semantic matching paradigm for reliable and valid language mapping in individuals with aphasia
We describe an adaptive semantic matching paradigm and demonstrate that it is a feasible, reliable and valid method for mapping language regions in people with aphasia.
Wilson SM, Yen M, Eriksson DK. An adaptive semantic matching paradigm for reliable and valid language mapping in individuals with aphasia. Hum Brain Mapp 2018; 39: 3285-307. [pdf]
June 14, 2018
Neural representation of vowel formants in tonotopic auditory cortex
Cortical encoding of vowels is scaffolded on tonotopy, a fundamental organizing principle of auditory cortex that is not language-specific.
Fisher JM, Dick FK, Levy DF, Wilson SM. Neural representation of vowel formants in tonotopic auditory cortex. NeuroImage 2018; 178: 574-82. [pdf]
February 12, 2018
Selective interference with syntactic encoding during sentence production by direct electrocortical stimulation of the inferior frontal gyrus
Direct cortical stimulation of the left inferior frontal gyrus can interfere with syntactic encoding but not single word processing, suggesting that this region plays an important role in the encoding of syntactic structure during sentence production.
Chang EF, Kurteff G, Wilson SM. Selective interference with syntactic encoding during sentence production by direct electrocortical stimulation of the inferior frontal gyrus. J Cogn Neurosci 2018; 30: 411-20. [pdf]
February 9, 2018
A quick aphasia battery for efficient, reliable, and multidimensional assessment of language function
The Quick Aphasia Battery (QAB) aims to provide a reliable and multidimensional assessment of language function in about a quarter of an hour, bridging the gap between comprehensive batteries and rapid screening instruments.
Wilson SM, Eriksson DK, Schneck SM, Lucanie JM. A quick aphasia battery for efficient, reliable, and multidimensional assessment of language function. PLOS ONE 2018; 13(2): e0192773. [pdf]
January 10, 2018
November 10, 2017
Society for the Neurobiology of Language, Baltimore, 2017
October 19, 2017
My brain in the form of chocolates
An amazing birthday gift from my lab members! Probably not the intended use of Vanderbilt's 3D printer...
September 20, 2017
Wernicke's model of language
Credit: Deborah Levy.
September 19, 2017
October 19, 2016
An MRI cake for my birthday! Thank you, Deb, Melodie, Sarah and Jillian for the impromptu party...
September 2, 2016
This paper, based on Stephanie Yagata's Masters thesis, comprises a detailed investigation of early patterns of change in connected speech after focal infarction of Wernicke's area.
August 23, 2016
June 1, 2016
Moving to Vanderbilt University
The lab has now relocated to the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
May 12, 2016
Congratulations, graduates of 2016
Angelica McCarron, B.S., Stefanie Lauderdale, B.S.
February 10, 2016
This paper is based on Alexa's honors thesis, for which she received the award for Excellence in Undergraduate Research from the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences for 2015.
July 6, 2015
May 13, 2015
Congratulations class of 2015
February 19, 2015
Wernicke's model of language
Credits: Angelica McCarron, Alexa Bautista.
January 23, 2015
Making posters for UBRP conference
September 2, 2014
August 30, 2014
July 3, 2014
Angelica on the radio
Angelica McCarron appeared on KXCI's "The Thesis" today, where she talked about the neural basis of language, explained her three projects, and did some guest DJing. Listen!