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Language and Aging Lab

Language and Aging Lab


Primary Investigator:
Michele Diaz

Research Associate:
Haoyun Zhang

Graduate Students:
Abigail Cosgrove
Victoria Gertel
Yi-Ting Hseuh

My research focuses on the relations between the brain and behavior. My lab has examined semantic and phonological aspects of language comprehension and production. Most recently I have been examining age-related differences in language. Specifically, this research project looks at neural factors that contribute to age-related retention (semantics) and decline (phonology) that have been observed in language production. We investigate the relations between structural factors (i.e., white matter integrity), functional activations, and behavior. In addition to my independent research, I am also the director of human imaging for the Social, Life, and Engineering Sciences Imaging Center.