Language and Learning Lab

Director: Erica Middleton, PhD


One of the most amazing and complex human abilities is the act of transforming mental representations of the world and personal experiences into information-rich sequences of sound (i.e., language production) that are then understood by a listener. In the Language and Learning lab, our work is dedicated to understanding the processes involved in language production as well as how such processes are disrupted in acquired language disorder (aphasia). A major focus is to develop efficacious treatments of aphasia grounded in a theoretical understanding of fundamental mechanisms of language use, learning, and language change.

Programs of Research
  • Representation of homophones (e.g., dear/deer) in the mental lexicon (with Qi Chen, PhD)
  • Monitoring of speech (with Myrna Schwartz, PhD)
  • Executive control of speech (with Myrna Schwartz, PhD)
  • Retrieval practice (i.e., testing) effects in aphasia rehabilitation (with Katherine Rawson, PhD, and Myrna Schwartz, PhD)
  • Schedules of learning and treatment of aphasia (with Katherine Rawson, Ph.D. and Myrna Schwartz, PhD)
  • Incremental learning and semantic context effects in aphasia (with Hilary Traut and Denise Harvey, PhD)
  • Semantic context and treatment of aphasia (with Hilary Traut)
  • Mobile app technology development for aphasia rehabilitation (with John Detre, MD, and Chris Murphy, PhD)

Post-doctoral Fellows

Research Assistants

  • Mackenzie Stabile
  • Erica Johns