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Saloni Krishnan


Postdoctoral Researcher

Neurobiological underpinnings of language learning

The overarching goal of my work is to use knowledge about different learning systems in the brain to improve our understanding of and intervention for children with language learning impairments.

I am currently exploring how regions in the basal ganglia and medial temporal lobe interact with cortical language regions during word learning. I am particularly interested in the idea that different learning conditions could cause these regions to be recruited differently. Given that evidence points to children with speech and language disorders showing differences over basal ganglia circuits, my research could help identify optimal learning conditions for these children.

My past work has used fMRI to demonstrate how brain systems associated with sound or language processing are not fixed, but change with learning or development. For instance, I have shown that children and adults show very different brain responses when faced with different levels of language difficulty, perhaps suggesting that children use different neural strategies to produce words. I have also shown that the brains of professional musicians (beatboxers and electric guitarists) respond differently to the music they can produce.

I am also a qualified speech and language therapist.

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