In the Zipse lab, our work broadly addresses cognitive and language abilities after brain injury in adults. In one line of work, we are investigating music-based ingredients used in the treatment of aphasia. This includes examining choral speaking, prosody, and speech timing in people with aphasia and apraxia of speech. In another set of studies, we are investigating longitudinal language and cognitive outcomes after stroke, and evaluating how cognition is assessed in people with aphasia.

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Rhythm and Timing Abilities in Aphasia

Does speaking in unison, also known as choral speaking, help people with aphasia speak more fluently? Whom does this work for, and how does it work? 

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Participate in Our Research

We are recruiting people with aphasia, as well as adults without aphasia to serve in a comparison group.

For more information please call Lauryn at 617-643-3245 or lzipse [at] (email us).


Aphasia Research Study:  Speaking Together


The goal of this study is to investigate how different ways of speaking can help people with aphasia speak more fluently.

Complete tests of language and musical rhythm. Repeat sentences, and speak along with a recording.

At the MGH IHP in the Charlestown Navy Yard. Researchers at the MGH IHP are running the study.

Two 2-hour long sessions. Pay is $75.

You may be eligible to participate if you:
• experienced a stroke at least 6 months ago
• have aphasia
• are a native English speaker
• are between the ages of 18 and 80

This is not a treatment study. There is not direct benefit to
you, but you will help us learn about aphasia.

Lab Team

Meet Our Team
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Co-Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Group Associate Professor Communication Sciences and Disorders

Savetrie Bachan

Doctoral Research Fellow Cognitive Neuroscience Group


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