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Research Proposal
Speech understanding
Inferior colliculus lesions
Brainstem aphasia?

fMRI of the inferior colliculi
Testing strategies
Anticipated results

Working hypotheses
Language areas on fMRI
Effects of asphyxia at birth
Maturation of the brain
Time-table of myelination
Learning to speak "by ear"
Metabolism in the brain
Protective mechanisms
Catastrophic factors
Brainstem damage
Eileen Nicole Simon
auditory system
October 2006
Working version
The auditory system of the brain, from cochlear nerve to
temporal lobes - essential for child language development
Question: could
brainstem impairment
lead to developmental
language disorders?
Proposed Research on
Developmental Language Disorders
My interest is in this
small area of the
From insults such as:
Prenatal exposure to alcohol?
Prenatal infection?
Asphyxia at birth?
Toxic exposure in infancy?
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