Language Over the Lifespan Laboratory

The Language over the Lifespan lab takes an interdisciplinary approach to disorders of language use in adults. Most of our research focuses on the interactions between cognitive and linguistic processing. We use a combination methods from psycholinguistics, cognitive psychology, and neuropsychology to investigate these issues.

Current Projects

Semantic impairments in Alzheimer Disease:

This project investigates the effects of using different types of stimuli on generalization of semantic training with the goal of developing treatments for rebuilding semantic knowledge in individuals with Alzheimer disease and other language impairments. (With Dr. J. Reilly)

Subtle Language Impairments in Adults with Dyslexia:

This project is investigating the interaction between phonological, working memory and linguistic deficits on morphosyntactic knowledge in adults with dyslexia. (with Dr. L. Lombardino, CSD)

Discourse in Aphasia:

We are investigating clinically useful ways to use discourse analysis as an outcome measure for treatments of chronic aphasia. (With Dr. B. Crosson, Clinical & Health Psychology, & Dr. S. Raymer, Old Dominion University)

Language as a Cognitive Stressor:

There are several ongoing projects in this line of research, all of which are investigating dual task effects in which the use of language and other cognitive tasks interfere with motor programming, and vice versa.

  • Effects of Language and Task Complexity on Intelligibility in Parkinson Disease (with Dr. C. Sapienza, CSD, Dr. R. Shrivastav, CSD, and M. Troche, MA, CSD)
  • Effects of exercise on Cognition and Language in Parkinson Disease (With Dr. C. Sapienza, CSD, and Drs. C. Haas and J. Nocera, Health and Human Performance)
  • Effects of Tai Chi on Balance and Cognition in Frail Elderly (With Dr. B. Roberts, Nursing, and Dr. M. Marsiske, Clinical & Health Psychology)