News archive: 2007
15 October 2007
First rTMS paper has been accepted for PNAS - "Anterior temporal lobes mediate semantic representation: Mimicking semantic dementia by using rTMS in normal participants." Well done to Gorana Pobric.
1 August 2007
Dr Roland Zahn joined NARU this week, on the University's Stepping Stone Fellowship scheme. Roland previously worked at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, MD. His latest paper has just been published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA) and is on "Social concepts are represented in the superior anterior temporal cortex" (PDF, 634KB).
18 July 2007
Matt Lambon Ralph has submitted the first rTMS paper - "Conceptual knowledge is underpinned by the temporal pole bilaterally: Novel data from rTMS". (PDF, 59KB) He would like to thank Gorana Pobric, who has done a magnificent job on the study, those people in the group who volunteered to take part, and to Rachel Holland and Vickie Scott who helped with the initial set up of TMS, minibird etc.
2 July 2007
Rachel Holland (PhD student) has been successful in getting a position at the Cambridge Brain Unit with Karalyn Patterson as a Postdoctoral Research Associate. Sadly this means that she will be leaving NARU in October but she will still be involved in future lab projects. Congratulations to Rachel, this is a wonderful achievement!
12 June 2007
Paul Hoffman (PhD student) and Dr Beth Jefferies (RCUK Research Fellow) have had a paper accepted in the Journal of Memory and Language - "The impact of semantic impairment on verbal short-term memory in stroke aphasia and semantic dementia: A comparative study" (Word document, 522 KB) It compares verbal short-term memory in Semantic Dementia (SD) and Transcortical Sensory Aphasia (TSA). The study sorts out the apparent differences that appear in the literature between the results of SD and those of people with semantic-impairment in the context of stroke aphasia.
12 June 2007
Anna Woollams' paper on the relationship between semantic impairment and surface dyslexia has now been published in Psychological Review. "Sd-squared: on the association between semantic dementia and surface dyslexia." (PDF, 409 KB)
1 June 2007
Paul Conroy (Speech and Language Therapist) has submitted a paper based on his first therapy study. The paper is entitled "Errorless and errorful therapy for verb and noun naming in aphasia" (Word document, 481 KB) and has been submitted to the Neuropsychological Rehabilitation journal.
24 April 2007
Faye Corbett (PhD student) has had her paper on the perseverations of patient LS accepted in Aphasiology. The paper is entitled "The use of cueing to alleviate recurrent verbal perseverations: Evidence from transcortical sensory aphasia" (Word document, 273 KB).
10 April 2007
Dr Roland Zahn is joining NARU in summer on the University's Stepping Stone Fellowship scheme. He currently works at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke in Bethesda, MD. His latest paper has just been published in PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA) and is on "Social concepts are represented in the superior anterior temporal cortex" (PDF, 634 KB).
28 March 2007
Dr Catherine Hodgson (Lecturer in Cognitive Neuroscience) has had her paper "Mimicking aphasic semantic errors in normal speech production: Evidence from a novel experimental paradigm" (PDF 214 KB) accepted by Brain and Language.
23 March 2007
Professor Matt Lambon Ralph and his team (Stephen Baker, Diana Caine, Sheeba Ehsan and Beth Jefferies) have submitted a paper on inducing word-length effects in normal readers. The paper "Pure alexia, letter-by-letter reading and word length effects are not synonymous: Evidence from visual distortion-induced length effects on normal word reading" (PDF, 187 KB) has been submitted to the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience.