I am interested in identifying brain changes that underlie childhood speech and language disorders such as developmental language disorder or stuttering, and use this knowledge to improve existing clinical tools. My existing work has approached this issue from multiple perspectives:
- determining how brain circuits for speech/language change over childhood and in disorders,
- exploring the factors that explain individual differences in speech/language performance,
- questioning how speech/language learning can be improved, and
- pinning down the neural changes occur as a function of learning and training in the auditory-motor domain (such as being a musician).
I use classical behavioural paradigms, as well as structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging and non-invasive brain stimulation to address these questions.
I am currently working on the BOLD study, aimed at investigating the neural bases of developmental language disorder.
In April 2019, I will be starting as a lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. Please get in touch if you’re interested in exploring reward/ motivation for learning language in typical and atypical learners.
Email me: salonikrishnan [AT] gmail [DOT] com