Current Research Areas

Brain Training for Hearing Loss

Hearing aids and cochlear implants can help people with hearing loss. However, people often still have trouble understanding speech, especially when it’s noisy. NCIL researchers are conducting “brain training” studies to see if we can improve speech perception in older adults.

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Individual Differences in Reading

Although our day-to-day experience tells us that adults differ quite a lot in how well the read, and how they speak, brain imaging studies of language typically treat everyone the same. NCIL researchers are investigating what makes people different and how this is reflected in their brain activity.

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Second Language Training

NCIL is collaborating with Halifax-based Copernicus Studios Inc. to develop LANGA, a video game for teaching new languages. LANGA combines broadcast-quality animation, highly playable games, and advanced speech recognition to create a unique and engaging learning environment.

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Reading in Children

We are using EEG “brain wave” imaging to understand how children learn to read, and how we can improve reading skills in children who struggle.

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Presurgical Mapping in Children and Adults

We work closely with neurologists and neurosurgeons at Halifax’s QEII and IWK Health Centres to improve the quality of surgical planning and care by mapping language-related brain areas with MRI.

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Aphasia Rehabilitation

Aphasia is an acquired loss of language abilities, which typically occurs after a stroke or other brain injury. Our research aims to understand how language is processed in aphasia, and what treatments are most effective.

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