Understanding the neural processes involved in word learning in typically developing children and children with DLD

In this work package, we will use passive listening tasks, and functional connectivity analysis (EEG and fNIRS) to understand the neural processes involved in word learning.

Recent advances in neuroimaging techniques have substantially improved our understanding of the neural encoding of speech. However, our understanding of the neural and perceptual mechanisms that underlie language disorders is still in its infancy. By measuring functional connectivity during learning, this work will allow us to investigate the relation between differences in word learning ability and neural differences in the online processing of typically developing children and children with DLD, and hence to understand the neural mechanisms that underlie DLD, with potential implications for diagnosis and intervention.

Project Team: Colin Bannard, Perrine Brusini (Lead), Alissa Ferry and Larry Leonard

Duration: 3 years, starting 1 May 2020

Project Number: 1.2