Dr N. Janssen (Nikki)
PhD candidate - Donders Centre for Cognitive Neuroimaging
PhD candidate - Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour
My research focuses on the functional contribution of the ventral and dorsal pathways to speaking by assessing whether connectivity measures predict language performance for both healthy speakers and patients with primary progressive aphasia (PPA). Neuroimaging techniques will be used in order to measure linguistic and behavioural performance relative to brain function, structure and connectivity.
In doing so, the project aims to illuminate the contributions of ventral and dorsal pathways to speaking, which is not only of fundamental but also practical importance, as it may further validate a clinical test for PPA in terms of underlying brain atrophy.