Dr. Marc Joanisse
Associate Chair Graduate Affairs
My research focuses on language acquisition, language processing, and connectionist models. I am primarily interested in how children acquire their first language, and how language is represented in the brain. This includes work on developmental disorders of language and reading, such as specific language impairment (SLI) and dyslexia. For example, my research has investigated whether both these disorders involve a similar type of deficit to phonological processing and speech perception.
I am also involved in research using brain imaging techniques such as functional MRI to better understand the brain bases of speech perception, reading and grammatical morphology. This research includes using connectionist models to derive predictions for behavioural and imaging studies, and using these models to better understand how general constraints on articulation, perception and statistical learning influence how humans learn and process language.