Across numerous projects, we are tackling a wide range of research questions. Most of them fall into one of the following categories:
- Language comprehension: How do we infer others’ thoughts from their utterances?
- Language production: How do we convert our thoughts into utterances?
- Language and executive functions: What role do domain-general executive resources, like attention, working memory, and cognitive control play in language comprehension/production?
- Language and social cognition: Given that linguistic communication is a social behavior, what is the relationship between the language system and the mechanisms that support social perception and cognition?
- Meaning: What is the nature of our conceptual representations, and how do they map onto linguistic forms?
- Plasticity: How do our minds and brains reorganize following early or late damage to the language system?
- Individual differences: How do individuals vary in their neural architecture, and how does this variability relate to behavioral variability in linguistic and cognitive abilities, and to differences in our genetic make-up, including in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders?
- Bi- and multilingualism: How do bi- and multilingual individuals process different languages? What aspects of our experience affect neural responses to native and non-native languages?