Why online communication can be easier for people with autism 

04th Apr

TALKING BRAINS finally closes its doors

16th Mar
TALKING BRAINS (www.talkingbrains.net) is the perhaps first-ever exhibition of language as a natural object, which opened its doors for the public on 30th March 2017. It is owned by the laCaixa foundation and was produced by indissoluble.com. After several hundreds of thousands of visitors passed through it, it has now finally closed. We hope it has inspired visitors to contemplate our brain as the uniquely linguistic organ in nature and incited reflections on what language is - including how...

Gesture and language in aphasia

12th Feb
The relation between language and gesture has for quite some time been investigated in aphasia. Here a picture seems to be emerging: in aphasia, use of iconic gestures can increase as a compensatory mechanism for impaired language. However, there seems to be evidence that differences in this regard between aphasics and non-brain damaged people emerge particularly with word finding difficulties, not during normal speech. In this sense, iconic gesture and lexical concepts are linked. As aphasia...

New predoc grant for Antonia

07th Feb
Congratulations to Antonia Tovar who has secured a full, 3-year predoc grant ("Ajuts per a la contractacció de personal investigador novell (FI-2017)")! Antonia is currently our main researcher on the Huntington's front, but she is also involved in schizophrenia projects. For her PhD she will take our current results regarding the linguistic profile of Huntington's disease further and explore it in its more specific dimensions.

New and exciting result on language in Huntington disease!

03rd Feb
Together with Wolfram and Cati, and other colleagues from different institutions led by Ruth de Diego, some days ago we submitted the first systematic analysis of spontaneous speech as performed in a story-telling task (Cinderellla) and compared with matched controls. Central to our contribution was the design of a classificatory procedure to fine-grain the linguistic profile of HD including pre-symptomatic gene-carriers and symptomatic patients. The results appear to us to be important in...

Aphasia with and without the ‘inner voice’

17th Jan
I owe to Laura Sunnucks from London the knowledge that, apparently, some people with aphasia lose their 'internal language', while others don't. As Lauren Marks puts it (http://www.speechlessdoc.com/blog-summary/2015/4/16/all-our-stories), 'several people have told me that they retained their internal language throughout, and their desperate struggle was to just say those words aloud. They had a very different Quiet.' In her own case, she reports a completed 'muted' inner voice and a loss of ...