About the LabThe Neurocognition of Language Lab at Teachers College, Columbia University conducts theoretically-grounded empirical research using behavioral, electroencephalographic, and other brain imaging modalities, with the goal of increasing understanding of the processes and representations involved in speech, language and cognition, and informing best practices in clinical and (educational) pedagogical arenas.
We investigate the neural correlates of speech, language and cognition in populations of interest for pedagogical and clinical professionals, including children and adults from linguistically, culturally and economically diverse populations, and those who have developmental and acquired speech/language or cognitive disorders. The resulting wide-ranging research program is consistently informed by the following approaches:
- to relate theoretical frameworks to empirical observations, in order to inform and evaluate the theories as well as to generate hypotheses;
- to investigate the neural correlates of linguistic representation and processing, in the full range of ability and disability;
- to interpret empirical findings in terms of both individual variation between human participants, and in terms of the commonalities of neurological and linguistic processes;
- to translate empirical findings and theoretical frameworks to practical considerations for clinicians and educators, so as to expedite direct benefits of the research to the populations under investigation.