A Collaborative National Center for Fusion & Plasma Research
October 2, 2013,
4:00pm to 6:30pm

MBG Auditorium

COLLOQUIUM: The Power of Neuroplasticity: Enhancing Human Potential

Dr. Paula Tallal
Rutgers University

Language-based learning disabilities affect approximately 20% of the population and increase the risk of academic failure. Understanding the role of dynamic auditory processing in the development and disorders of speech, language and reading, coupled with physiological animal research on neuroplasticity, has led to the development of novel neuroplasticity-based cognitive and language training programs disguised as computer games. 

This talk will discuss the research leading to the development of the Fast ForWord- Language and Reading series of training programs, and explain how these training exercises were designed based on research findings from human and animal research and translated into clinical and educational interventions. This talk also will review the laboratory, clinical and school-based efficacy trials in K-12 as well as college students. These studies have demonstrated significant improvement after neuroplasticity-based training on standardized language, literacy and high-stakes academic tests, as well as fMRI and electrophysiological results showing "normalization" of activity in left-hemisphere language regions after training.

Colloquium Committee: 

The Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory 2019-2020 Colloquium Committee is comprised of the following people. Please feel free to contact them by e-mail regarding any possible speakers or topics for future colloquia.

Carol Ann Austin, caustin@pppl.gov
Marc-Andre DeLooz, mdelooz@pppl.gov
Erik Gilson, egilson@pppl.gov
Jessica Ilagan, jilagan@pppl.gov
Igor Kaganovich, ikaganov@pppl.gov

  • Carol Ann Austin 609-243-2484

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