Professor David Copland leads the Language Neuroscience Lab. The lab conducts research into the how the brain processes language and disorders and treatments of language processing. 

Language processing is investigated in stroke (aphasia), Parkinson's disease, adults with brain tumours, dementia, and children with developmental language disorders. 

The lab’s research into the brain mechanisms underlying language disorders and their response to treatment allows for more targeted and effective rehabilitation methods. 

The lab has obtained over $12.5 million in competitive research funding through collaboration with colleagues, and their work on aphasia (stroke) is supported by 5 current NHMRC grants. The lab also investigates how healthy language processing and learning can be enhanced, as a potential model for developing new language treatments, and this work is supported by two current ARC grants.

Neurorehabilitation and neuroplasticity

By using functional and structural neuroimaging to understand the brain mechanisms underlying aphasia and its recovery, diagnostic markers for recovery and response to treatment can be identified and more targeted and effective rehabilitation can be delivered. 

Neurobiological modulation of language learning

In order to identify new treatments of neurological language disorders, we are investigating ways to enhance language learning in healthy young and older adults. We have two current ARC grants investigating whether language and learning can be enhanced with exercise and with the introduction of white noise.

Developing new behavioural treatments of communication disorders

New treatments and management approaches are being developed utilising (1) hemispheric manipulations of attention and language in aphasia, and (2) new memory and communication training procedures for individuals with dementia and their carers.