Our research addresses a fundamental issue in human cognition: how constraints imposed by brain development and core neurocognitive processes impact language acquisition. As scientists, we are intrigued by the interaction of language acquisition and brain development. As clinicians, we are motivated to understand the puzzles presented by atypical development and its consequences, because of what they mean for intervention. Although most research on language acquisition and neurocognitive processes is based on typically developing learners, the study of differences in development can lead to a deeper understanding of the mechanisms of growth and change. We use multiple converging approaches: experimental behavioral tasks, structural and functional imaging, and eyetracking, in our research.
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The DCN Lab in our new space in Bousfield
from left to right: Joshua Green, Brian Castelluccio, Allison Canfield, Inge-Marie Eigsti, Christina Irvine, Emily Thompson, Katy Piotrowski
Irvine, C., Eigsti, I. M., & Fein, D. A. (in press). Uh, um, and autism: Filler disfluencies as pragmatic markers in adolescents with optimal outcomes from autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.