Below are some highlights of the types of research questions we are interested in asking:

Reading and Language

  • What are the age-related changes in orthographic (spelling), phonological (speech), and semantic (meaning) representations involved in reading?
  • How are the brains of children with dyslexia different from brains of children without dyslexia?
  • How can we use neuroimaging to predict who will show reading and language gains?
  • How does altered input influence the reading network, as in the case of deafness?

Cross Linguistic Differences

  • Is the brain network for reading development universal or language specific?
  • Are there cross-linguistic differences in the neural basis of dyslexia?

Learning and Brain Plasticity

  • How does method of instruction influence learning to read new writing systems?
  • Can we predict who is likely to be successful at second language learning?
  • Can learning to read be accelerated through non-invasive brain stimulation?

Executive Function

  • What are the age-related changes in executive functioning related brain regions?
  • How are the brains of children with ADHD different from brains of children without it?
  • Can the use of feedback and reward normalize behavior in children with ADHD?
  • Can we use neuroimaging to accurately identify children with and without ADHD?

Math and Science

  • What brain mechanisms are used to perform different types of arithmetic problems, and does this change developmentally?
  • Are math difficulties primarily a problem with quantity mechanisms, verbal mechanisms, or both?
  • How do socio-economic differences relate to reliance on these mechanisms?
  • Are there cross-cultural differences in the brain regions used to solve arithmetic problems?
  • What brain mechanisms are used when solving different types of logical reasoning problems?