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Neocortical mechanisms of categorical speech perception  

This is an NIH Pathway to Independence Award, which provides an opportunity for promising postdoctoral scientists to receive both mentored and independent research support from the same award. The aim of this research is to reveal the fundamental mechanisms that underlie human comprehension of spoken language using a promising approach called electrocorticography (ECoG), which involves the direct application of electrodes to the brain surface for recording cortical activity during neurosurgical procedures. The understanding of how speech is coded in the brain has significant implications for numerous language disorders (e.g. aphasia, dyslexia, autism, et alia). Abnormal perception of phonemes is a central component to language disability in all of these conditions, and findings from this research could lead to the development of new diagnostic and rehabilitative strategies for language disorders, including autism. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $132,214.00
Project Number 1K99NS065120-01A1
Principal Investigator Chang, Edward
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 1LC. Identify and develop measures to assess at least three "continuous dimensions" (i.e., social reciprocity, communication disorders, and repetitive/restrictive behaviors) of ASD symptoms and severity that can be used by practitioners and/or families to assess response to intervention for people with ASD across the lifespan by 2016. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,500,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of California, San Francisco
State/Country California
Web Link 1 Neocortical mechanisms of categorical speech perception (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects N/A