Theme 1: Language and communication
Research in Donders Theme 1: Language and communication aims to understand the complexity of human language faculty and its development at the behavioural, cognitive, and neural levels in healthy individuals as well as in populations with dysfunction in linguistic and communication skills.
Our researchers adopt a multilevel approach from genes to neurons, brain, cognition, interaction, and society. This broad approach to language also forms the basis in understanding language breakdowns as in acquired or developmental language disorders and to devise clinical applications and solutions to enhance language and communication skills in society for minority groups such as immigrants, hard of hearing etc. as well as for communication in crisis times (i.e, COVID19 era).
Each of the four research themes of the Donders Institute has a Theme Leader. They coordinate discussions on subjects, host theme meetings and take part in the Research Platform to discuss strategic policy aspects. Contact theme leader Stephanie Forkel or secretary Nicola Rijzewijk if you want to know more. Andrea Martin and Mark Dingemanse are panel members of this theme.