2023 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Linguistics
Mentor: Josef Parvizi (Neurology & Neurological Sciences)

“Intracranial Study of the Human Language Network”

Abigail’s project will investigate the neural activity in the human brain during different cognitive conditions; specifically language, arithmetic calculation, and episodic memory processing. By working with patients diagnosed with epilepsy who have been implanted with intracranial electrodes, Abigail will administer separate cognitive tasks. The data collected during these sessions will be analyzed to identify significant neural activity and examine whether there is an anatomical organization of brain regions involved in these processes. By studying the neural networks and mechanisms underlying language production and comprehension, this research contributes to the understanding of both languages and the human brain.