Center for Language and Brain, led by Olga Dragoy, investigates language and brain connection. Our primary task is to study the language not as an independent phenomenon, but as a product of brain functioning, born in the sophisticated interaction with other cognitive functions. We carry out rigorous experiments, using eye-tracking, structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography, transcranial electrical and magnetic stimulation, and employ cutting-edge data mining methods. We study the speech of kids and adults, mono- and bilinguals, patients with various neurogenic speech disorders resulting from various brain damages - strokes and brain injuries, tumors, epilepsy.
Specialists in fundamental and applied linguistics, clinical psychology, neuroimaging and programming work with us. Our primary clinical base, Center of Speech Pathology and Neurorehabilitation, is the world's largest rehabilitation clinic for patients with aphasia. We also work with the Burdenko Neurosurgery Institute. Patients’ involvement in the research allows us to uncover critical language functioning principles and the specifics of its impairment - and to apply our findings to the development of speech assessment batteries and rehabilitation protocols for kids and adults. Our diagnostics tests and therapeutic protocols are tested clinically before they are imnplemented to clinical practice.
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