Language Neuroscience Laboratory

The Language Neuroscience Laboratory has recently moved to the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Queensland. Several of our team remain in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, continuing to work on our NIH-supported longitudinal aphasia recovery project.

Research in the lab is focused on three related questions:

  1. How is language processed in the brain?
  2. How does brain damage affect language processing in individuals with aphasia, i.e. acquired language disorders?
  3. What brain mechanisms support the recovery of language processing in people with aphasia who improve over time?

To address these questions, we study individuals with aphasia, as well as healthy participants with normal language, using a range of state-of-the-art functional and structural neuroimaging techniques. We combine our multimodal imaging approach with comprehensive language assessments designed to quantify deficits in different components of the language processing system, such as syntactic structure, word meanings, and the selection and assembly of speech sounds.


New Quick Aphasia Battery (#QAB) adaptations available today in Catalan and Romanian. The QAB is now available in 8 languages (English, Spanish, French, Catalan, Romanian, Arabic, Korean, Danish). Free for all, creative commons.

— Stephen Wilson (@smwilsonau) May 23, 2023

Delighted to share Episode 25 of the Language Neuroscience Podcast, with my timely guest Alex Huth. When I asked Alex to join me, I didn't even know his awesome new paper was coming out (had only read the preprint). Very fun conversation! @alex_ander

— Stephen Wilson (@smwilsonau) May 4, 2023

This is a fantastic new initiative that @liinapy has started. I've listed an activity called "Everything you wanted to know about VLSM/MLSM but were afraid to ask" if anyone is interested! I look forward to seeing what others come up with. @SNLmtg

— Stephen Wilson (@smwilsonau) April 10, 2023

Last year, I met a woman who'd just had a left pre-central tumor removed. She's brilliant, kind, and an excellent communicator—but with some curious difficulties mapping sounds onto movements and letters onto sounds. Interested? See new case study in JNS:

— Deborah Levy (@deb_f_levy) March 28, 2023

Check out our new paper in @Brain1878. We recruited 334 acute stroke patients & we describe acute aphasia & subsequent recovery trajectories with respect to the main explanatory factor which is NEUROANATOMY. Six years of work from our incredible team, a labor of love!

— Stephen Wilson (@smwilsonau) March 21, 2023

I'm excited to share that this is my first day in a new job at the University of Queensland. Thrilled to return to my home land and join fantastic new colleagues @UQHealth. I will dearly miss friends and colleagues at @VUMCHearSpeech.

— Stephen Wilson (@smwilsonau) January 30, 2023

I am very happy to share Episode 24 of the Language Neuroscience Podcast, a fascinating conversation with Liina Pylkkänen @liinapy about her work investigating semantic and syntactic combinatorial processing with MEG (and more!)

— Stephen Wilson (@smwilsonau) November 16, 2022

Language Neuroscience Podcast #23: I talk with Eddie Chang about his new paper "Speech computations of the human superior temporal gyrus" by @bhaya_ilina & @ChangLabUcsf. A synthesis of 12 years of brilliant experiments from the Chang lab! @AnnualReviews

— Stephen Wilson (@smwilsonau) September 20, 2022

I've released a new version of Adaptive Language Mapping (version 7.7). This new version has a better mechanism for reading key presses, button box presses, scanner triggers, etc., so if you use ALM and ever had problems with any of those, please download!

— Stephen Wilson (@smwilsonau) August 31, 2022

Delighted to share Language Neuroscience Podcast #22. My guest is Olivia Leow @oliviableow, who shares a fascinating first person account of her awake craniotomy for resection of a brain tumor surrounded by language areas. @ReidCThompson1 @VUMC_Neurosurg

— Stephen Wilson (@smwilsonau) August 23, 2022

Been such a joy to learn these past five years in the @VUHearSpeechPhD department. So grateful for my mentor @smwilsonau, my committee @M_de_R, @duffalab, and @cately00, and everyone in the Language Neuroscience Lab. Will miss Nashville, but excited for more learning in Chicago!

— Sarah Schneck (@sarahmschneck) August 11, 2022

Thrilled that our symposium "Imaging the functional reorganization of the language network in recovery from aphasia" has been accepted for @SNLmtg. Honored to present with: Anika Stockert, @F_Geranmayeh, @JuliusThor_VPR, Cathy Price, & Matt Lambon Ralph.

— Stephen Wilson (@smwilsonau) August 2, 2022

Ever wondered what Noam Chomsky thinks about the neuroscience of language? Well, I asked him! Honored to host this living legend, founder of the field of generative linguistics, on the Language Neuroscience Podcast, Episode 21. Please RT to share widely.

— Stephen Wilson (@smwilsonau) July 19, 2022

Sneak peek of @SNLmtg 2023 in Marseille (Oct 24-26)! Venue Palais du Pharo looks gorgeous w incredible views of the old port. So excited to work on this meeting w the Board & local organizers Cheryl Frenck-Mestre & Xavier Alario. But #SNL2022 in Philly first of course! #SNL2023

— Liina Pylkkanen (@liinapy) July 18, 2022

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