Cognitive Neuroscience of Communication Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Dr. Jeffery Jones
Research Summary: Dr. Jones investigates the psychological and neurological foundations of human communication. When people communicate, their brains must process a vast amount of sensory information. A primary goal of research in the lab is to understand the neural mechanisms involved in processing the multisensory information that results from producing and perceiving verbal and nonverbal communication. To uncover the properties of these neural systems, both behavioural and brain imaging (fMRI, ERP) paradigms are employed.
Implications of the Research: Understanding the neurological foundations for human communication is a critical first step to finding treatments for a number of communication disorders. For example, stuttering is thought to be linked to a failure in the mechanisms that relate motor control and sensory feedback. The Speech and Communication Laboratory is currently conducting important experiments in an attempt to define the role of auditory feedback during speech production. The results of these studies should aid the development of treatments for these forms of communication disorders. Moreover, about 1 in 12 Canadians are hearing impaired. Dr. Jonesí research will help clarify the impact of hearing impairments on the development of speech in children and the preservation of intelligible speech in adults.