The Neurolinguistics Laboratory at the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences (ELSC) studies the neural bases of linguistic knowledge and processing. Linguistic knowledge (about how phonemes combines into morphemes and words, which in turn combine into complex meanings) is characterized by Linguistic Theory; processing ability stems from the implementation of this knowledge in cognitive structures that are supported by neural mechanisms. The Neurolinguistics Lab studies the intricate relation between these, that results in that rich ability that we humans have - the ability to express ourselves freely, and understand others who do so. We try to get a glimpse of the linguistic brain in health as well as in brain disease.
We also develop tools for intra-operative language assessment in awake brain surgery, and for the testing and rehabilitation of stroke victims who suffer from language disorders.
A 3-D reconstruction of the human brain marking the newly discovered region for negation
The left frontal lobe is gradually removed, to show the spatial relations between the fMRI activation cluster (magenta) and the cytoarchitectonically defined region Id7 (blue), as well as the language areas 44 (red) and 45 (yellow) in Broca's region. The blue and red dots indicate the centers-of-mass of region Id7 and the fMRI cluster, respectively. The functional activation cluster and area Id7 overlap to a large extent, and are clearly separated from areas in Broca's region.