Aphasia Treatment Research

As part of the Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery (CNLR), we are conducting a treatment study for individuals who have spelling difficulties as the result of a stroke. This research is part of a multi-site effort with research labs in Chicago (Northwestern University) and Boston (Boston University and MGH) to study the brain bases of language recovery.

To participate in this treatment research, you must have spelling difficulties following a stroke that occurred at least one year ago. For more information, email or

Written Language

  • The internal structure and content of orthographic representations: What do we know when we know the spellings of words?
  • Using neural data (multi-voxel fMRI approaches) to investigate issues of orthographic representation
  • Understanding the functional architecture of reading and spelling: The long term and working memory components of reading and spelling, their neural instantiation and their relationships to other language and cognitive systems
  • Orthographic learning: Investigating the neural substrates involved in the learning of word spellings
  • Identifying the neural substrates that support recovery of written language functions in individuals with acquired dysgraphia.
  • Applying principles of learning theory to maximize the benefits of rehabilitation in acquired dysgraphia.

Spoken Language

  • Identifying the neural substrates of lexical and grammatical processes involved in spoken language perception
  • The contribution of the two hemispheres to spoken language perception and comprehension
  • Levels of processing in spoken word production: contributions of the lexicon and the grammar

Representation and Plasticity in the Somatosensory System

  • The reorganization of somatosensory perceptions subsequent to neural injury or abnormal development
  • Somatosensory frames of reference
  • Cross-modal attention: integration and competition across sensory modalities
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