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Overview of Research Training

Neurocognition of Language Lab

A Ph.D. student analyzes voltage maps which illustrate brain responses taken from Electroencephalogram recordings. She is comparing German learners of English and a group of English native speakers as they perform a sentence comprehension tasks.

Speech Motor Control Lab

At the Rabinovitch House, CRBLM, a student puts sensors on a subject to capture movements of lips, jaw and tongue. This study compares speech articulators in unilingual and bilingual subjects by using an electromagnetic articulography (EMA).

Child Language Development & Disorders Lab

Two students prepare a nonverbal cognitive test for children called Leiter-R. They will be using this in a study on bilingual language development (syntax and lexicon) in young children (age 2;6-3;0) to measure their cognitive ability.

Speech Motor Control Lab

Drs. Gracco & Ito (of Haskins) testing the R.A. on electroencephalographic study of somato sensory function in speech sound processing.

Neuropragmatics and Emotion Lab

A Ph.D. student conducting fMRI research at the Pell Lab.

Child Phonology Lab

A Ph.D. student and her test participant recording in a soundproof room, to study the relationship between speech perception, phonological awareness and emergent literacy.

Our interdisciplinary research training programs provide a unique opportunity for integrated learning. Our students develop the skills and expertise necessary to conceive and conduct innovative, independent research and to prepare for a career of lifelong scholarship.

We offer our students an enriched research training environment using cutting-edge technology, and through strong collaborative links with colleagues in a range of fields. The affiliated Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music, founded by faculty members of the School, highlights the remarkable breadth and depth of language research at McGill University.

Our research training programs encompass the latest paradigms to study human communication and its disorders across the lifespan. This covers fundamental research on speech and language production and perception, to investigations of the effectiveness of clinical intervention.

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A quick glance at the titles of recent theses demonstrates the diversity of our research topics and approaches.


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