The lab is directed by Dr. Swathi Kiran, Professor, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Sargent College.
The primary goal of the lab is to understand language processing and communication following brain damage. Research in the lab makes use of Neuroimaging, neurolinguistic, psycholinguistic and neurobehavioral tools in investigating pertinent questions related to Aphasia.
Research in the Semantic, Aphasia, and Neural Dynamics (SAND) Laboratory focuses on finding ways to optimize language therapy for acquired language disorders, with a primary interest in aphasia. We are especially interested in what changes are taking place in the brain during successful therapy and how we can enhance these processes. We are also interested in how aging affects the way we interpret the cortical reorganization that occurs during language recovery.
NozariLab at Carnegie Mellon University studies the language production system and its damage after stroke. We are interested in understanding the variety of problems faced by individuals with aphasia, and using basic science to devise better methods of language rehabilitation. We have different options for remote participation in research, so you don't even have to leave your home!
University of Pittsburgh: Language Rehab and Cognitive Lab
LRC lab combines tools and approaches from psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, counseling. We seek to better understand how various “extra-linguistic” factors affect language performance, and we are working to develop more sophisticated computer and other technology-based aphasia interventions in order to improve access to quality aphasia care.
Duquesne University: Communication and Cognition Lab
Duquesne University Communication and Cognition Lab wants to learn more about how technology can help people with aphasia get back to reading activities they enjoy. We also study ways to help people with aphasia practice exercises at home. Our studies involve students, occupational therapists, and psychologists
VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System (VAPHS) is currently enrolling participants in an intensive treatment trial focused on finding the best way to deliver aphasia therapy to improve word-finding abilities (https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT04215952).
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