The Neurobiology of Social Communication Lab investigates the neural underpinnings of complex traits that enable humans and other species to communicate socially, such as speech and dance.
Neurobiology of speech
Which are the neural pathways underlying speech/spoken language in humans?
Which are the neural pathways that subserve speech/spoken language learning in humans?
Neurobiology and genetics of dance
Which are the neural pathways underlying dance and dance learning in humans, a complex motor behavior characterized by our ability to spontaneously entrain to rhythm?
Are these pathways associated with the brain pathways that control speech?
Are there signatures in our genomes associated with proficient dance performance?
Speech and dance therapy
How can we use our knowledge on the neurobiology of speech and dance to propose and test treatments for deficits that include social communication impairments?
We employ a multi-disciplinary approach to understand the neurobiology and underlying genetics of behaviors underlying social communication, such as speech and dance.