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- 27 Feb 2013
The CSLB will make two contributions to this year's Cambridge Science Festival on Saturday 16th March:
- From 2-3pm, Prof. Tyler will give a talk on Healthy ageing and the brain: the good news in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre.
- From 10am-12pm and from 2-4pm, CSLB lab members will give hands-on demonstrations, along with other labs, as part of the Department of Psychology's The science of your mind exhibition in the Department of Psychology's Practical Classroom. There will be fascinating and fun activities for all ages.
- 13 Feb 2013
We were very sad to bid farewell to Dr Jie Zhuang, a long-standing member of the CSLB. We wish him success in his new job as a post-doc working with Michelle Diaz at the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Centre. Click the thumbnail for more photos from Jie's leaving celebration.
- 7 Jan 2013
Our Publications page now includes selected older articles, back to 1975. Many of these older articles are cited in the current literature, so we hope you will find it useful to have them collected here.
- 18 Dec 2012
New publication available via Advance Access:
Jie Zhuang et al. investigated neural systems involved in spoken word comprehension. They found a left temporal system involved in mapping sound onto meaning and two functionally differentiated frontal systems. The bilateral ventral inferior frontal gyrus was engaged in early, less constrained lexical competition processing, whereas the bilateral dorsal inferior frontal gyrus was involved in later, more fine-grained selection processes. Click for journal website or local PDF.
- 5 Dec 2012
Two articles to appear in the January 2013 issue of Cerebral Cortex:
- Alex Clarke et al. examined the time-course of visual and conceptual information to objects by relating visual and semantic-feature statistics to brain activity recorded with MEG. They showed an early transition from visual to coarse semantic information within the first 120 ms, that was followed by more fine-grained semantic information emerging after 200 ms - revealing a coarse to fine-grained progression of conceptual knowledge about objects over time. Click for journal website or local PDF.
- John Griffiths et al. used diffusion tensor imaging to study white matter tracts (the brain's 'wiring') in stroke patients with impaired language comprehension. They found that patients' ability to use information about syntactic structure to aid their comprehension of spoken sentences was heavily impaired when there was damage to either of two key fibre pathways that interconnect frontal and temporal brain regions in the left hemisphere: the arcuate fasciculus and the extreme capsule fibre system. Click for journal website or local PDF.
- 13 Jun 2012
New article: Paul Wright et al. used novel multivariate analysis on structural and functional MRI data from patients with left hemisphere lesions to tease apart two distinct brain networks involved in syntax and semantics. Syntax depended upon a left-hemispheric frontotemporal network but semantics was supported by a bilateral temporal network with degeneracy, so the right hemisphere could support performance after damage to the left. Click for journal website or local PDF.
- 30 Apr 2012
New article: Meredith Shafto et al. examined how age affects the component processes underlying word recognition. Evidence for an age-related change in the trade-off between phonological and semantic processing indicates a pattern of age-related neural flexibility which underpins preserved word recognition across the lifespan. Click for journal website or local PDF.
- 29 Nov 2011
CSLB research featured in a recent issue of the University of Cambridge's Research Horizons magazine, as part of a special issue on language sciences. You can read the article here and in the Research section of the University of Cambridge website.
- 23 Nov 2011
Our recent article in Journal of Neuroscience was featured in the This Week in The Journal section. Tyler Rolheiser, Emmanuel Stamatakis and Lorraine Tyler examined the relationships between integrity of two white matter pathways connecting the brain's language regions and scores on a battery of language tests. Although it was thought that each pathway supported distinct language functions, our experiment revealed a more synergistic system: the two pathways worked together to varying degrees to support several language functions. You can find the full article in our publications section and on the Journal of Neuroscience website.
- 22 Sept 2011
Professor Tyler gave a Joint British Academy/British Psychological Society lecture titled The Resilient Brain: Cognition and Ageing on Thursday 22 September 2011, at The Royal Society in London. See here for details.
- 8 Jun 2011
Meredith Shafto took the stage with Paul Bolam and Richard Wise at the Times Cheltenham Science Festival 2011 to explore the ageing brain (talk S34).
- 29 May 2011
Our new lab blog, "Wired Minds", went online recently! Keep up-to-date with what is going on or join the discussions on exciting ongoing research.