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Sheila Blumstein

Sheila Blumstein


Department: Cognitive, Linguistic & Psychological Sciences

Phone: +1 401 863 2849

Phone 2: +1 401 863 2616

Email: Sheila_Blumstein@Brown.EDU

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Research Summary

My research is concerned with understanding the processes and mechanisms involved in speaking and understanding and the the neural systems underlying language processing. We conduct behavioral experiments with normal individuals and in addition behavioral measures of brain-injured aphasic patients and functional neuroimaging of normal subjects. Areas of focus include: how the continuous acoustic signal is transformed by perceptual and neural mechanisms into the sound structure of language; how the sound structure of language maps on to the lexicon (mental dictionary); and how the mental dictionary is organized for the purposes of language comprehension and production.

Past or Present Projects Available:

Effects of Aging and Brain Injury on the Interaction of Lexical Access and Spoken Word Production; The Neural Bases of Phonological Competition: Effects of Age and Aphasia on Semantic Priming; Neural Systems Underlying Semantic and Phonological Competition in Speech Production; How Sound Affects Access to Meaning: An fMRI Investigation; Abstractionist and Exemplar Theories of Speech Perception Applied to Novel Word Learning