Neurobiology of language

Neurobiology of language

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The Neurobiology of Language group looks at how the brain represents and processes language in typical as well as atypical populations, for example, when people with deafness or dyslexia read texts.

Examining speech-brain synchronization allows us to identify children at risk for dyslexia and to develop interventions based on neurofeedback that enhance rhythmic sensitivity.

Additionally, we investigate how plasticity allows the brain to adjust to new or unusual circumstances, such as acquiring a new language or the appearance of a brain lesion.

Our studies with bilinguals of different types (including sign language users) provide insight into whether differences between languages and modalities are reflected in underlying neural networks.

We conduct longitudinal research with language learners of different types and brain tumor patients to map language function and to track macrostructural and functional plasticity.

Our team


In press

Gurunandan, K., Carreiras, M., & Paz-Alonso, P.M. (In press). Verbal production dynamics and plasticity: functional contributions of language and executive control systems. Cerebral Cortex. Doi:10.1093/cercor/bhac097
Ormel, E., Giezen, M.R., & Van Hell, J.G. (In press). Cross-language activation in bimodal bilinguals: Do mouthings affect the co-activation of speech during sign recognition?. Bilingualism. Doi:10.1017/S1366728921000845
Zugarramurdi, C., Fernández, L., Lallier, M., Carreiras, M., & Valle-Lisboa, J.C. (In press). Lexiland: A Tablet-based Universal Screener for Reading Difficulties in the School Context. Journal of Educational Computing Research. Doi:10.1177/07356331221074300


Amoruso, L., Pusil, S., García, A.M., & Ibañez, A. (2022). Decoding motor expertise from fine-tuned oscillatory network organization. Human Brain Mapping, 43(9), 2817-2832. Doi:10.1002/hbm.25818

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