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Group leader: Marina Laganaro

Group name: NeuroPsychoLinguistics

Affiliation: Psychology

Research activities:

image We investigate the mechanisms involved in language production in normal conditions and after brain damage through the integration of psycholinguistic, neurolinguistic and functional neuroimaging paradigms. We use psycholinguistic chronometric paradigms to study which representations and processes are involved in the encoding of the form of the sentence to be produced. In the neurolinguistic approach we carry out the same studies with brain damaged speakers presenting with impaired language production (especially impaired phonological/phonetic encoding) and perform error analyses and acoustic measures on these productions. In the neuroimaging approach we analyse the time-course of processes involved in word-form encoding with ERPs paradigms in healthy control subjects and their breakdown in brain damaged (aphasic) speakers.

Group website: http://www.unige.ch/fapse/psycholinguistique/npl.html

Selected Publications:

  • Laganaro, M., Python, G., Toepel, U. (in press). Dynamics of phonological-phonetic encoding in word production: Evidence from diverging ERPs between stroke patients and controls. Brain and Language,
  • Laganaro, M., Valente, A., Perret, C. (2012). Time course of word production in fast and slow speakers: a high density ERP topographic study. NeuroImage, 59, 3881-3888.
  • Perret, C., Laganaro, M. (2012). Comparison of electrophysiological correlates of writing and speaking: a topographic ERP analysis. Brain Topography, 25, 64-72.
  • Laganaro, M., Morand, S. Michel, CM, Spinelli, L. & Schnider, A. (2011). ERP correlates of word production before and after stroke in an aphasic patient. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 23(2), 374-81.
  • Laganaro, M., Morand, S. & Schnider, A. (2009). Time course of evoked-potential changes in different forms of anomia in aphasia. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(8), 1499-1510.

Psychology and Education Sciences, FAPSE
Email: Marina (dot) Laganaro (at) unige (dot) ch