The members of the Speech Motor Control Lab study the neurobiological processes of spoken language and human communication. The lab is directed by Professor Vincent Gracco, a faculty member in the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, within the Faculty of Medicine of McGill University. We are housed within the same building as the Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music, a McGill research group which brings together members from five different universities in Quebec.
We investigate the neural processes involved in speech and language using a variety of techniques, including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), Electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). The long-term goal is to develop a neurobiological framework for spoken language that takes into account the neural structures, the contribution of sensory systems and the role of anatomy and biomechanics to the speech production process.