Nicole M Gage. PhD


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A central focus of our research is understanding the temporal dynamics of auditory language processing. We use a combination of brain imaging techniques such as anatomical magnetic resonance imaging (aMRI), Magnetoencephalography (MEG), electroencephalography (EEG), and auditory brainstem response (ABR) recordings.

Much of our research is focused on understanding the development of auditory language cortex in children who are typically developing and in children with developmental disorder, such as autism.

Another central aspect of our research is understanding the localization of specific language processes so that we may provide presurgical language mapping guidance for patients undergoing brain surgery.

Results of an MEG language mapping session are shown below, with yellow coding early sensory responses, blue and green showing later language-related bilateral temporal lobe responses, and red and magenta showing still later, left-lateralized language-related responses.