The Development Neurocognition Disorders axis aims at inverstigating the development and the cognitive processing of language in typical and typical populations in a lifespan perspective. Our objective is to determine the nature and weight of different constraints on language acquisition and processing, as well as to identify the underlying neurocognitive mechanisms. Two types of constraints are considered: neurocognitive and motor constraints, inherent to the system, and external, social constraints, linked to the production situation and its actors.
Our research tackles 3 main topics:
Language development in children
Language neurocognitive mechanisms in adults
Language disorders: Evaluation, Diagnosis and Remediation
Our pluridisciplinary and plurimethodological approach lies at the interface between psychology, sociology, cognitive neuroscience and linguistics, in a longitudinal and transversal perspective. We collect on-line (audio-video recordings in natural context, response times, EEG/MEG, digitizing tablets, eye tracking, movement kinematics) and off-line data (questionnaires to caregives and teachers).
The tested populations include individuals from different ages (children, teenagers, adults), with, without or at risk for language deficits (dyslexics, SLI, Alzheimer patients, monolingual and bilingual children and adults, late speakers).
Our research further lies at the interface between fundamental and applied research as we aim at developing diagnosis and remediation tools for language deficits, as well as providing strategies for prevention and improvement of language abilities via interventions dedicated to child care professionals.