Biography / Research Interests: Dr. Joanisse has been at Western since 2000, studying the cognitive and brain bases of language and reading. His research emphasizes the importance of studying multiple aspects of language ability, in a variety of populations, using a range of techniques. This includes studying phonology, reading and grammar abilities in adults and children, using everything from traditional behavioural techniques to eyetracking and neuroimaging.
Biography / Research Interests: Dr. Ansari's research focuses on gaining a better understanding of how children develop numerical and mathematical competencies, why some children fail to acquire basic calculation skills (Developmental Dyscalculia) as well as what brain circuits are associated with the processing of number and our ability to calculate. One of the central aims of his research is to better understand how basic numerical competencies, those that humans share with other species, become transformed through the processes of development and enculturation. Dr. Ansari and his team use non-invasive neuroimaging technologies such as fMRI, DTI and ERPs as well as traditional behavioral methods to explore these questions.
Biography / Research Interests: Janis is an associate professor in Communication Sciences and Disorders at Western studying basic neural and genetic markers of language ability and disability in children. She is interested in finding better ways to identify and treat children and youth who have trouble learning language, both when this is their only developmental problem and when it occurs along with other problems such as autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder or other learning disabilities. Some of her work involves using electroencephalography (EEG) and computer games to find differences in the way children with different kinds of language impairments process what they hear and see.