A team of undergraduates in the LAB Lab publishes a research digest every year, with the aim to increase access to scientific knowledge beyond academia.
Since Fall 2018, we have published eight issues of The Spoken Word, with no signs of stopping.
We publish digitally (Twitter and Facebook) and in print for personal distribution to our local community. Each year, we work to make scientific articles accessible to people with aphasia, their caregivers, undergraduates, and all other interested readers.
It is our hope to help bridge the divide between research findings and the broader public.
Access our 2023 LAB Lab Digest here!
Bonds Beyond Words: The extraordinary benefit of friendship in language recovery after stroke
Living Life: Resilience and Adventure with Deidra Brown
Untangling a Speech Mystery: One experiment at a time
Meet the head of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences Department at UConn: Dr. Derek Houston
Right or Left: Which side of the brain tells us who is talking?
Braided Science: Multiple methods to unravel aphasia therapies
Listening In: How baby talk helps infants learn speech
Access our 2022 LAB Lab Digest here!
Beyond the Clinic: Using recording technology to measure speech progress in a patient’s daily life
Remote Aphasia Treatment: Speech and language therapy at home during the COVID-19 pandemic
Melodic Intonation Therapy: Harnessing the magic of music and singing to improve communication
Meet UConn’s Speech Researchers:
Dr. Adrian Garcia-Sierra – Associate Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Speech Perception & Language Development Lab
The Surface of the Brain: How the human brain tells the difference between similar speech sounds in a new language
Choose Your Own Speech Adventure: Words may be easier to understand if you can guess what’s coming next
The Healing Power of Book Clubs: Communicating and connecting through shared stories
Special Issue – Summer 2021
Access our Summer 2021 LAB Lab Digest here!
Speech Convergence: The phenomenon of our speech becoming similar (or dissimilar) to those around us
From Brain to Speech: How new technology is restoring speech to people that are paralyzed
Get to know some of our speech researchers:
Matt Phillips – Senior Undergraduate Research Assistant
David Saltzman – 4th Year PhD Candidate
Nikole Giovannone – 4th Year PhD Student
Phoebe Gaston – Postdoctoral Researcher
Christopher Heffner – Assistant Professor
Spring 2021 Issue:
Access our Spring 2021 LAB Lab Digest here!
Bilingual Aphasia: What if a patient speaks multiple languages?
A Temporary Normal: An inside look at aphasia support and therapy groups in a pandemic
Language Learning: The importance of sleep and training when learning non-native speech sounds
Get to know some of our lab members:
Phoebe Gaston – Postdoctoral Researcher, Psychological Sciences
Anne Marie Crinnion – 1st year graduate student, Psychology – Language and Cognition
Hannah Mechtenberg – 1st year graduate student, Psychology – Language and Cognition
Spring 2020 Issue:
Access our Spring 2020 LAB Lab Digest here!
Practice Makes Perfect: Treating Apraxia
Interview with Kacie Wittke – Speech Language Pathologist
The Role of the Brain in Learning Non-Native Speech Sounds
Meet UConn’s Speech Researchers:
Dr. Rachel Theodore – Associate Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Lab for Spoken Language Processing
Dr. James Magnuson – Professor of Psychology, Computational Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab
Erica Scarpati – Audiology Doctoral Student, Graduate student in the Auditory Brain Research Lab
David Saltzman – Ph.D. student in Psychology, Graduate student in the Language and Brain Lab
Fall 2019 Issue:
Access our Fall 2019 LAB Lab Digest here!
Models of Aphasia: What can the brain tell us about aphasia?
The Role of Sleep in Learning Non-Native Speech Sounds
INSIDE Speech Researchers:
Dr. Carl Coehlo – Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, Acquired Language Disorders Lab
Dr. Erika Skoe – Associate Professor of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Auditory Brain Research Lab
Sahil Luthra – Ph.D student in Psychology, Language and Brain Lab and the Computational Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab
Pamela Fuhrmeister – Ph.D. student in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Language and Brain Lab
Ashley Parker – Ph.D. student in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Auditory Brain Research Lab
Links to additional resources for people with aphasia and their caregivers:
Spring 2019 Issue:
Access our Spring 2019 LAB Lab Digest here!
Foreign-Directed Speech: Study conducted by former LAB Lab Postdoc, Dr. Kathrin Rothermich
Dr. Jennifer Mozeiko – Assistant Professor in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Aphasia Rehab Lab
Fall 2018 Issue:
Access our Fall 2018 LAB Lab Digest here!
Constraint-Induced Language Therapy for Aphasia Treatment: Study conducted by Dr. Jennifer Mozeiko
Dr. Emily Myers – Professor in Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences and Psychological Sciences, Language and Brain Lab!