I am an associate Principal Investigator at the Donders Centre for Cognition and junior Principal Investigator at Radboud University Medical Centre.
My research programme focuses on the neurophysiological basis of language in healthy adults and in individuals with language impairment due to neurological damage. I examine this using an interdisciplinary approach, bridging across the domains of language, memory, and executive functioning. Electrophysiological methods in particular allow me to characterise neuronal computations required for language and to relate these computations to those employed by memory and cognitive control systems. These methods also allow me to study how these computations change following brain injury, providing a unique insight into how the brain reorganises after damage to support language function.
My approach is bi-directional. On the one hand, I use models from cognitive neuroscience to better understand language function in neurological populations with the goal of developing novel diagnostic tools and methods to improve language capacity in patients. On the other hand, I use observations of the breakdown of language and communicative abilities following brain insult to obtain unique insights informative for cognitive (neuro)science models.
Associate PI, 2016-present
junior PI, 2016-present
Radboud University Medical Center
Postdoctoral Fellow, 2014-2016
University of California, Berkeley
Neurosurgery Department Affiliate, 2015-2016
University of California, San Francisco
PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2014
MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2009
BA in Linguistics, 2007
BA in Portuguese Language and Culture, 2007
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general research direction