International Doctorate for
Experimental Approaches to Language And Brain

  • Ana Murteira
    ana.murteira [at],

    Gesture has been used to promote communication and/or to facilitate language production, particularly when individuals suffer from word retrieval deficits (e.g., post-stroke aphasia). However, debate remain as to the nature of the link between gesture and language at both neural and cognitive levels. This project aims to examine the underlying cognitive and neural mechanisms by which gesture influences verb naming. The project will investigate these matters in both healthy individuals and people with post-stroke aphasia. It will use neuromodulation techniques in healthy participants, to analyse brain network interactions linking gesture and lexical processing. In addition, research with people with aphasia will investigate the implications of gesture-language interaction for verb impairment. We expect that our results will help to develop a better understanding of how gesture and verb systems are neural and cognitively integrated and how gesture can be advantageously used as a complementary tool in aphasia rehabilitation.
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    Prof. dr. Lyndsey Nickels (Macquaire University)
    Dr. Paul Sowman (Macquarie University)

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