Davis , California 95618
- PhD (Cornell University)
My primary research interest is improving models of language processing by investigating language changes after neurological damage. This work has taken three directions. The first effort investigates the neural basis of recovery from naming disorders following intensive intervention at both semantic and phonological levels. This work is carried out using multiple-baseline single subject designs as well as with case series. The second is the development of an analysis system for quantifying the informational content or "idea density" in the oral speech of persons with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). The last investigates the contributions of the right hemisphere to reading using experiments at the discourse level, sentence level and lexical level. These experiments are carried out in right and left hemisphere focal lesioned patients, split-brain patients, and lateralized experiments with normal subjects.