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Cognitive reserve in normal aging compared to individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and Alzheimer's disease

Project Information

This is a project investigating the notion of cognitive reserve in aging individuals (normal aging) and will be extended to individuals with Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease.  It is in collaboration with Italian colleagues and Dr. Gonia Jarema from the University of Montreal and Dr. Vasavan Nair of the Douglas Mental Health Institute

Project Date: 
2012-01-01 - 2022-09-26
Type of Project: 
Research Area: 
Health Research
Sub-Research Area: 
Psychosocial/Health Behavioural Research



McGill University Project Leader Information

Project Leader: 

Eva Kehayia

Primary Position

Faculty of Medicine
School of Physical & Occupational Therapy
Assistant Professor
Research Interests: 
Dr Kehayia's research focuses on three areas: 1) the study of the representation, organization and access of language in individuals across different languages, 2) the study of language breakdown in acquired and developmental language disorders and 3) the impact of language disorders on the individual's everyday life. Her neurolinguistic research is carried out in the Language and Communication Research Lab at the Jewish Rehabilition Hospital. Dr Kehayia also heads the McGill branch of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-Major Collaborative Research Initiative investigating the architecture and nature of the Mental Lexicon, entitled ‘Words in the Mind-Words in the Brain'.

Adjunct Professor, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders

BA (English Language and Linguisticcs) (Greece)

MA, PhD (Linguistics / Neurolinguistics), McGill

Post-doctoral studies (Psycholinguistics/Neurolinguistics) (University of Ottawa)

Selected Publications: 

1. Kehayia, E., Riente, L., Gillon, B. & Taler, V. (2003) "The processing of grammatical categories in sentential context: A psycholinguistic study". McGill Working Papers in Linguistics, 17, 2003: 55-63.

2. Idrissi, A., & Kehayia, E. (2004) "Morphological units in the Arabic mental lexicon: Evidence from an individual with Deep Dyslexia". Brain and Language, (Special Issue), 90:183-197.

3. Lalonde, S., Kehayia, E., Leblanc, J., Grothé, M.-C., Poisson, L., Ska, B. & Gélinas, I. (2004) "L'évaluation de la compréhension des consignes et du discours et du discours oral chez les individus Traumatisés Cranio-Cérébral dans la langue française : Étude comparative. " Fréquences, Vol 16, num 3.

4. Tsapkini, K., Jarema, G., Kehayia, E. (2004) Regularity re-visited: Modality matters. Brain and Language, 89 (3): 611-616.

5. Manoulidou, C. & Kehayia, E. (2005) "Lexical access and representation of Modern Greek derived words with the suffix –dzis". Journal of Greek Linguistics, vol. 5,pp.81-96.

Principal Investigator

Non-McGill Partners


Sara Mondini

University of Padova