Reminder: tDCS in reading and speech production with Prof Alex Leff and Prof Jenny Crinion, 28th November 3 -5pm

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The topic will be the application of tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation) to rehabilitation of acquired reading and speech production difficulties.

Our speakers are Profs Alex Leff and Jenny Crinion from the Neurotherapeutics group at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and NHNN Aphasia Clinic.

Prof Leff’s will give a talk titled – ‘Neuroplasticity and neuroelasticity in the context of aphasia therapy’ and;

Prof Jenny Crinion will be talking about her research using tDCS in speech production


Get your free Eventbrite tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/aphasia-research-group-event-28th-november-3-5pm-tickets-52606884608

As always, there will be opportunities for networking and half time refreshments.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Lucie Hogger & Michael Dean

 

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tDCS in reading and speech production interventions event, 28th November 3-5pm

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The topic will be the application of tDCS (transcranial direct current stimulation) to rehabilitation of acquired reading and speech production difficulties.

Our speakers are Profs Alex Leff and Jenny Crinion from the Neurotherapeutics group at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience and NHNN Aphasia Clinic.

Prof Leff’s will give a talk titled – ‘Neuroplasticity and neuroelasticity in the context of aphasia therapy’ and;

Prof Jenny Crinion will be talking about her research using tDCS in speech production


Get your free Eventbrite tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/aphasia-research-group-event-28th-november-3-5pm-tickets-52606884608

As always, there will be opportunities for networking and half time refreshments.

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Lucie Hogger & Michael Dean

Reminder: Gesture in Aphasia event 12th of July

Dear ARG members,

We will be holding our next CSLIR ARG event on Thursday the 12th of July from 3-5pm at Chandler House, UCL.

The event will be themed around gesture in aphasia and we have two exciting speakers lined up:

  • Anna Krasoń, PhD candidate (from the Language and Cognition Lab, Experimental Psychology, UCL) with a talk titled:

“Multimodal effects on comprehension in left hemisphere stroke”

Face-to-face communication is multimodal in nature, comprising speech as well as co-speech gestures, and speech and gesture share large portions of a left-lateralized neuroanatomic network.  Yet studies of language or gesture are typically performed in isolation. Furthermore, most research informing the rehabilitation of language disorders has not taken into account the multimodal information accompanying speech, and studies of limb apraxia (in which gesture comprehension deficits play a prominent role), have rarely considered the influence of language.  Consequently, there is limited understanding of the factors that modulate the effects of gestural input on speech comprehension (or the effects of speech on gesture comprehension), the clinical characteristics of the individuals who may benefit from multimodal information (or, potentially, be adversely affected), or which brain regions play critical roles in multimodal gain or disruption. To explore the lesion, cognitive, and psycholinguistic characteristics of patients who benefit from (or are disrupted by) congruent or incongruent speech and gesture, we investigated aphasic and apraxic patients’ comprehension of audiovisual speech, gesture and speech/gesture combinations. Finally, we obtained research-quality MRI scans and performed Support Vector Regression-Lesion Symptom Mapping (SVR-LSM) to assess the brain regions that, when lesioned, were associated with abnormally large gains or disruptions.

  • Ana Murteira , PhD candidate (from the Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Australia) with a talk titled:

Can gesture observation help people with aphasia name actions?

In aphasia research, it has been suggested that gesture can play a role in the treatment of naming impairments (e.g., Rose, 2006), but the outcomes from gesture-based treatments are mixed. Compared to research on verbal treatments for word retrieval (e.g., Nickels, 2002), investigation into the mechanisms underpinning gesture-based treatments is still sparse. Importantly, in all gesture-based treatment studies, people with aphasia have been requested to produce a gesture. This leaves open questions about what specific contribution gesture makes to word retrieval processes and whether gesture observation alone (without production) can influence naming.

Our research aims to explore the mechanisms by which gesture influences verb retrieval in both non-brain impaired speakers and people with aphasia. In this talk, I will report a study that investigated the effect of gesture observation on action-picture naming in people with aphasia. Firstly, we compared naming performance when action pictures were preceded by the observation of congruent gestures, unrelated gesture or no gesture. Secondly, we considered possible mechanisms for gestural cueing by relating the findings to the participant’s individual assessment. The clinical implications of the results will be discussed.

 

And as always, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking!

Get your free Eventbrite tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cslir-aphasia-research-group-july-12th-meeting-tickets-47528270336

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Anna, Mickey and Lucie

 

 

 

 

Gesture in Aphasia event, 12th of July 3 – 5pm

 

 

 

 

 

Dear ARG members,

We will be holding our next CSLIR ARG event on Thursday the 12th of July from 3-5pm at Chandler House, UCL.

The event will be themed around gesture in aphasia and we have two exciting speakers lined up:

 

  • Anna Krasoń, PhD candidate (from the Language and Cognition Lab, Experimental Psychology, UCL)

 

  • Ana Murteira , PhD candidate (from the Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Australia)

 

And as always, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking!

Get your free Eventbrite tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cslir-aphasia-research-group-july-12th-meeting-tickets-47528270336

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Anna, Mickey and Lucie

Reminder: CSLIR ARG event Wednesday 13th June 3-5pm

Dear ARG members,

We will be holding our next CSLIR ARG event on Wednesday 13th June from 3-5pm in room B02 at Chandler House, UCL.

The event will be themed around writing in aphasia and we have two sets of exciting speakers lined up:

  • Dr Celia Woolf, Dr Anna Caute, and Katie Monnelly (from the Division of Language and Communication Science, City University)

“Technology-enhanced writing therapy for people with aphasia: results from the CommuniCATE project”

  • Dr Paul Conroy (University of Manchester) and Lindsey Thiel (Leeds Beckett University)

“Training people with aphasia to use word prediction software for email writing”

And as always, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking!

Get your free Eventbrite tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ucl-cslir-aphasia-research-group-3496296951

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Anna, Mickey and Lucie

CSLIR ARG event Wednesday 13th June 3-5pm

Dear ARG members,

We will be holding our next CSLIR ARG event on Wednesday 13th June from 3-5pm in room B02 at Chandler House, UCL.

The event will be themed around writing in aphasia and we have two exciting speakers lined up:

  • Dr Celia Woolf, Dr Anna Caute, and Katie Monnelly (from the Division of Language and Communication Science, City University)

“Technology-enhanced writing therapy for people with aphasia: results from the CommuniCATE project”

  • Dr Paul Conroy (University of Manchester) and Lindsey Thiel (Leeds Beckett University)

“Training people with aphasia to use word prediction software for email writing”

And as always, there will be plenty of opportunities for networking!

Get your free Eventbrite tickets here:

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/ucl-cslir-aphasia-research-group-3496296951

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Anna, Mickey and Lucie

Speech and Language Therapists with a PD caseload needed!

UCL Master’s research project survey on SLT follow-up after therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease

The aims of this study is to find out what kind of Speech and Language Therapy follow-up, if any, is currently being provided for people with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) across the UK.

What factors determine whether people with PD will benefit from follow-ups? How frequently do follow-ups and reviews take place, and what forms do they currently take? This study also aims to find out the values and opinions of SLTs with regard to follow-up.

Identifying the strengths of current practice and reflecting on the areas for improvement is an important step towards developing guidelines and expectations of what minimum level of service should offered to people with PD by Speech and Language Therapy Services across the UK.

Please follow this link to complete the survey (should take no longer than 10-15 minutes): https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SLTPDfollow-up

 This online survey will be open to respondents until 13th April 2018.

Many thanks in advance for taking the time to fill out the survey.

Jasmine Goldstein
MSc Speech and Language Sciences
University College London
jasmine.goldstein.16@ucl.ac.uk

Under the supervision of Dr Christina Smith, Senior Lecturer at University College London (Christina.smith@ucl.ac.uk).