brain plasticity; expertise; magnetic resonance imaging; phonetics; sound engineering; longitudinal; development; genetics; audition; language
Marie D., Golestani N. (2016), Brain Structural Imaging of Receptive Speech and Beyond: a Review of Current Methods, in Language, Cognition and Neuroscience
Kartushina Natalia, Frauenfelder Ulrich, Golestani Narly (2016), How and when does the second language influence the production of native speech sounds: A literature review., in Language Learning
, 66(S2), 155-186.
Kartushina Natalia, Hervais-Adelman Alexis, Frauenfelder Ulrich, Golestani Narly (2016), Mutual influences betweennativeandnon-nativevowelsinproduction: Evidence fromshort-termvisualarticulatoryfeedbacktraining, in Journal ofPhonetics
, 57, 21-39.
Golestani Narly (2016), Neuroimaging of phonetic perception in bilinguals, in Bilingualism: Language and Cognition
, 19(4), 674-682.
Vandermosten M., Price C.J., Golestani N. (2016), Plasticity of white matter connectivity in phonetics experts, in Brain Structure and Function
, 221(7), 3825-3833.
Kartushina Natalia, Hervais-Adelman Alexis, Frauenfelder Ulrich Hans, Golestani Narly. (2015), The effect of production training with visual feedback on the perception and production of foreign speech sounds, in Journal of the Acoustical Society of America
, 138(2), 817-832.
Hervais-Adelman Alexis, Pefkou Maria, Golestani Narly (2014), Bilingual speech-in-noise: Neural bases of semantic context use in the native language., in Brain and language
, 132C, 1-6.
Golestani Narly (2014), Brain structural correlates of individual differences at low-to high-levels of the language processing hierarchy: A review of new approaches to imaging research, in INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF BILINGUALISM
, 18(1), 6-34.
Scharnowski Frank, Rosa Maria Joao, Golestani Narly, Hutton Chloe, Josephs Oliver, Weiskopf Nikolaus, Rees Geraint (2014), Connectivity Changes Underlying Neurofeedback Training of Visual Cortex Activity, in PLOS ONE
, 9(3), 9(3).
Evans S, Kyong J S, Rosen S, Golestani N, Warren J E, McGettigan C, Mourão-Miranda J, Wise R J S, Scott S K (2014), The Pathways for Intelligible Speech: Multivariate and Univariate Perspectives., in Cerebral cortex
, 24(9), 2350-2361.
Golestani Narly, Hervais-Adelman Alexis, Obleser Jonas, Scott Sophie K. (2013), Semantic versus perceptual interactions in neural processing of speech-in-noise, in NEUROIMAGE
, 79, 52-61.
Hervais-Adelman Alexis, Moser-Mercer Barbara, Golestani Narly, Brain functional plasticity associated with the emergence of expertise in extreme language control, in Neuroimage
Hervais-Adelman A., Moser-Mercer B., Michel C. M., Golestani. N., fMRI of simultaneous interpretation reveals the neural basis of extreme language control, in Cerebral Cortex
, first published online: July 17, 2014.
The proposed projects aim to establish an independent research group dedicated to studying the nature-nurture question with respect to the brain and language. We will longitudinally test for functional and structural brain changes resulting from expertise training in three different domains, ones spanning acoustic - phonetic - executive levels of specialization. Understanding brain malleability has important clinical applications, and is expected to yield high impact results. We will also test for innate predispositions for domain-specific skills (phonetic and acoustic processing) by testing for whether brain structure at birth predicts these skills later in life in the same individuals, and by in a third study directly aiming to identify genes that influence auditory cortex folding patterns and related phonetic and auditory skill. Evidence for innate influences would support the idea that individual differences in domain specific skills are partly predisposed, explaining one of the factors that determine observed individual differences in ease of learning, or aptitude. Findings related to predisposition can also very important applications such as the development of clinical assessment tools.