Evaluating behaviors of learning in people with aphasia and controls

We are currently running several studies that measure aspects of learning in people
with and without aphasia. Briefly these aim to:

  • Determine the implicit and rule-based learning ability of people with aphasia
  • Measure feedback processing during learning and its relationship to outcomes
  • Examine cognitive, linguistic and neural predictors of learning

If you are interested in participating in research studies being carried out in Boston at the MGH IHP, please svallilarohter [at] mghihp.edu (contact us) to indicate your interest. We are always especially interested in connecting with people who have aphasia due to stroke. 

Personality and its impact on functional communication

We are interested in better understanding how aspects of a person’s personality (things like whether a person is impulsive, thrill seeking or afraid of making mistakes) might relate to behaviors during conversation and how this might be taken into consideration in the therapy process.

Incorporating strategy training into naming treatment to improve generalization in aphasia

In this study, we are spending therapy time teaching patients the frameworks of therapy (teaching them to be their own speech therapists in a way), in the hopes that this will help generalize therapy benefits to real-world contexts.