Welcome to Concepts & Cognition Laboratory. We are a group of cognitive scientists, neurorehabilitation clinicians, and students who share a common interest in 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
- Preservation of a core lexicon in Alzheimer's Disease and semantic variant Primary Progressive Aphasia
- Early identification of cognitive impairment in minority cognitive aging
- Abstract word representation (e.g., love, truth, justice) in aphasia and dementia
- Symbolic knowledge and non-verbal semantic impairment in aphasia
- Pupillometry and mathematical modeling of the task-evoked pupillary response
- Profanity - representation and lexical structure of novel curse compounds (e.g., "shitrocket")