Welcome to the Memory, Concepts, Cognition Laboratory.  We are a group of cognitive scientists, neurorehabilitation clinicians, and students with a common interest in human semantic memory.  We are dedicated both to basic and clinical translational research -- applying what we know about language processing to improve communication for people with neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's Disease and Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA).

We are located within the Eleanor M. Saffran Center for Cognitive Neuroscience in the Ritter Annex building at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. The director/P.I. is Dr. Jamie Reilly.

The lab offers many research opportunities , including a vibrant summer internship program, graduate thesis supervision, and independent studies.  We use numerous experimental modalities including: eyetracking, transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), psycholinguistic reaction time tasks, and neuroimaging. The work is complex and computationally intensive. We cannot do it alone.

Current research topics

  • Predicting trajectories of language dropout in Alzheimer's Disease and PPA
  • Semantic memory and verbal access to encyclopedic knowledge
  • Representation of symbolic knowledge in aphasia
  • Non-verbal semantic impairments in stroke aphasia
  • Neural basis for profanity and lexical evolution of profanity 
  • Pupillometry, psychophysics, and modeling of visual imagery 
  • High dimensional semantic modeling of bilingual semantic memory
  • Abstract word representation, acquisition, and impairment (e.g., trust, love, justice)
  • Effects of eye gaze on spatial verbal fluency (e.g., looking patterns for naming cities from memory).

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