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Current Research 

The Cognitive Cerebellum

Historically, the cerebellum was considered a motor structure. Recent research suggests that the human cerebellum is also important in cognition. Our previous work has established that different regions of the cerebellum are involved in motor and cognitive processes, supporting the presence of a "functional topography" of the cerebellum. Now we aim to determine the specific cerebellar contribution to cognitive processes including language, working memory, and social cognition.

The Cerebellum & Language 

The cerebellum is engaged during language tasks and damage to the cerebellum can result in language impairments. We are investigating the contribution of the cerebellum to language and language recovery following stroke using a variety of techniques, including fMRI and neuromodulation.

The Cerebellum & Development

The cerebellum is important in implicit and procedural learning, and these learning mechanisms are particularly crucial during early development. We conduct behavioral, structural and functional neuroimaging, and clinical studies to understand the role of the cerebellum in cognitive development.

The Cerebellum & Neurodevelopmental conditions

The cerebellum is one of the most consistent sites of abnormality in neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism, ADHD, and developmental dyslexia. Work in our lab examines how cerebellar dysfunction may contribute to the etiology of these conditions.

Collaborators

Peter Tsai, MD PhD, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Tsai Lab

Karin Walsh, PsyD, Children's National Medical Center

Anne Inge, PhD, Children's National Medical Center

Peter Turkeltaub, MD PhD, Georgetown University Medical Center

Cognitive Recovery Lab

Lauren McGrath, PhD, University of Colorado Denver

LEARN lab

Catherine Limperopoulos, PhD, Children's National Medical Center

Developing Brain Research Laboratory

Jeremy Schmahmann, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital

Laboratory for Neuroanatomy and Cerebellar Neurobiology

Stewart Mostofsky, MD, Kennedy Krieger Center, Johns Hopkins

Center for Neurodevelopmental and Imaging Research

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