When: 12 PM
Reading requires signals to be rapidly communicated between regions of the cortex that are specialized for processing visual, auditory, and language information. An impairment in any one of these systems, or the bundles of wires (white matter) that connect them, could cause reading difficulty. In this talk I will introduce new approaches to measuring the developing human brain, and describe how my lab is using these methods to understand the neural basis of skilled reading. By combining quantitative MRI measures of white matter tissue structure with functional MRI and computational modeling we are constructing a detailed description of how the structure and function of the brain’s reading circuitry leads to the critical behavior that it supports.