My research program addresses language and reading processes, from word processing through comprehension, studied in English and comparatively across languages. The research includes cognitive (behavioral) studies, ERPs, EEGs, and collaborative research in fMRI and MEG. The general goal is to achieve a richer view of language processes by the combination of methods. Projects include 1) Text comprehension studied with ERPs to expose readers word-to-text integration processes. 2a) Universal and writing-system specific components of reading. Comparisons across languages and writing systems expose what is general and specific in reading; 2b) Learning to read a second language in a new writing system. 3) New word learning, especially the processes by which the meanings of new words become integrated into the mental lexicon.
Using a combination of MVPA (machine learning applied to fMRI data), simulation, and formal models of categorization to better understand the intersection of perceptual decision making and memory.
Characterization of the neural circuits of the basal ganglia and the pre-botzinger complex using mathematical and computational approaches.
Mapping and identifying cold-responsive neurons in insular cortex of mice.
Research Topics: Affective / Clinical, Developmental Processes, Diseases & Disorders, Executive Control & Memory, Learning & Memory, Motor Control, Reasoning & Problem Solving, Spatial Cognition & Attention
Early adversity and the neurobiology of emotion during adolescence