PI: Zed Sehyr, Ph.D.
Communication Sciences and Disorders, Crean College of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Chapman University
The brain has a remarkable capacity for adaptation in response to experiences and activities throughout a person’s life. Central to our human experience are language and communication. Our research focuses on exploring the neuroplasticity of pathways dedicated to language and visual processing as a consequence of experiences (such as learning a new language or lifelong sign language use). Language, whether spoken or signed, is a focal point of our investigations. We place a particular emphasis on the study of sign languages and their users, recognizing their pivotal role in advancing our understanding of universal aspects of human language and communication.
Our research is at the forefront of advancing knowledge and applications in neuroscience, technology, and clinical rehabilitation. Our research contributes to neuroscience by shedding light on the intricate networks responsible for language processing. Moreover, our findings have the potential to assist the development of more intelligent machines that can interact with humans in a more human-like manner. Finally, our research findings also hold promise for clinical practice, as they can inform strategies for language recovery following brain injuries.
• Language & Linguistic Processing
• Visual Recognition
• Reading and spelling