Neurocognitive Communication

The Effects of Communication Transcends Mind and Body.

At MSU, we're pioneering research exploring behavioral and cognitive science, media psychology, neurolinguistics, cognitive neuroscience and neuromarketing to impact our understanding of communication and its effects. In the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, researchers use brain imaging methods such as fMRI and fNIRS to collect behavioral, physiological and neuroimaging data to study at the cognitive development of communication.

Centers and Labs

MSU research labs are full of ComArtSci faculty and students studying minds. We're busy exploring behavioral and cognitive science, media psychology, neurolinguistics, cognitive neuroscience and neuromarketing to make an impact on the science of communication.

The Media and Advertising Psychology Lab is focused on the study of media and advertising using biopsychological approaches, methods and theories.


The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Development Lab conducts research on neurocognitive mechanisms that underlie language development and disorders in monolingual and bilingual children. The lab has a focus on reading, studying neural correlates of reading in bilingual and multilingual children and adults. It also studies early identification and intervention of developmental dyslexia using a multimodal neuroimaging method.

The Speech Neurophysiology Lab conducts research on the neural bases of speech perception and production and the pathophysiology of developmental stuttering, using multimodal neuroimaging and behavioral experimentation.

The Brain Systems for Language Lab conducts research on the development of neural processes for language and attention and the interactions between them, with a focus on understanding the effects of early life experiences on the development of these neural systems. This research seeks to improve our understanding of language and attention processes that underlie communication disorders, specifically language impairment and stuttering. It also aims to inform diagnosis and the development of treatment programs for these disorders.

The Social and Media Neuroscience Lab investigates how the human brain processes socially communicated information. The lab is especially interested in how information conveyed through social media motivates us and influences our decisions. To answer our research questions, we conduct behavioral experiments in the lab, online, and while collecting neuroimaging data with an MRI scanner. Ultimately, with the knowledge gained by our research, we hope to contribute to a better understanding of socially motivated human behavior.

Learn More about the Social & Media Neuroscience Lab

Featured Video

Researcher Ralf Schmäelzle from ComArtSci's Department of Communication is researching neurocognitive communication and social networks, looking inside the brain to discover the impacts our social networks have on how our brains operate.