Investigator: Brenda Rapp

Krieger Hall 131

Research in the Cognitive and Brain Sciences Lab is primarily concerned with understanding the cognitive and neural bases of the representations and processes involved in the production and comprehension of written and spoken words.

To obtain a deeper understanding of these topics, we apply multiple experimental methods: cognitive neuropsychology, psycholinguistics, cognitive neuroscience (fMRI), and computational modeling. We carry out these studies with individuals who have suffered neurological injury, with neurologically intact adults, and with individuals with developmental differences.

News & Announcements

Developmental Dysgraphia

Developmental Dysgraphia book cover

Drs. Brenda Rapp and Michael McCloskey were co-editors of the recently published book entitled Developmental Dysgraphia. This volume brings together, for the first time, theoretically grounded and methodologically rigorous research on developmental dysgraphia, presented alongside reviews of the typical development of spelling and writing skills.


CER Tech Grants Awarded to Lab Members

Awarded to Dr. Brenda Rapp, Dr. Jeremy Purcell, & Donald Li, the Technology Grant, as described on CER’s website, “is a mini-grant initiative that enables faculty to partner with technology savvy students to develop resources that enhance pedagogy, increase of facilitate access to course content, encourage active learning, promote critical thinking, or support student collaboration.” Project Title: Building… Read more »


Flipped learning

JHU Arts & Sciences Magazine reports on how Dr Rapp and other JHU professors have reinvented their classrooms.


Delaney Ubellacker receives STAR funding award

CogNeuro Lab research assistant Delaney Ubellacker was chosen to receive the selective STAR funding award for summer research. Delaney’s work will contribute to our understanding of language learning. Congratulations Delaney!


Tinnie Wu presents at 2017 DREAMS event

This year’s DREAMS event showcased creative and impactful work from JHU undergraduate researchers in a variety of disciplines. Senior Tinnie Wu presented novel findings from her work in the CogNeuro lab in which she observed improvements in spoken and written naming following a spelling intervention in a participant with post-stroke aphasia. Tinnie will be graduating… Read more »