Disque Hall, Room 109, 32 South 32nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19135
Dean's Seminar: Investigating the Origins of Language-Learning Difficulties in Down Syndrome
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
3:30 PM-5:00 PM
Learn about the exciting research being done by faculty in all departments of the College of Arts and Sciences!
: Nancy Raitano Lee, PhD
Title: How Does it Sound or What Does it Mean: Investigating the Origins of Language-Learning Difficulties in Down Syndrome
Down syndrome is the most common genetic cause of intellectual disability. In addition to global learning difficulties, it is often accompanied by profound language weaknesses that limit complex verbal expression and comprehension. This talk will describe research that seeks to dissect language-learning difficulties in Down syndrome. Specifically, it contrasts whether processing the sounds or the meanings of words are more difficult for youth with Down syndrome. It also begins to explore the possible neural bases of these language difficulties by describing research on the developing brain in Down syndrome using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
The College of Arts and Sciences' Dean's Seminars are free and open to the Drexel community. Light refreshments will be served.