Our main focus is on using functional MRI to study the neurophysiological correlates of normal language processes. Though our interests range widely, the chief focus is on left temporal lobe systems associated with perceptual processes and memory stores underlying language behavior, particularly single word recognition.

A second major focus of our laboratory is on development and testing of methods for presurgical functional localization of language and episodic memory systems. Our aim is to use the basic knowledge gained from fMRI studies of normal language processing to predict and prevent neuropsychological deficits in patients who must undergo surgery in sensitive brain areas.