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.
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.
By using brain imaging methods such as fMRI and fNIR, we are able to collect behavioral, physiological and neuroimaging data to study the cognitive development of communication.
Mandy Hampton Wray has spent her academic career mixing her love of science with helping those in need by studying the complex speech disorder known as stuttering.Read more
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.
Amanda Hampton Wray, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She received her B.S. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Texas at Austin, her M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Purdue University, and her Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience at Purdue University.
Dar Meshi investigates how our brains process socially communicated information. He earned his B.S. in biology from the University of California at Los Angeles, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University in New York. After his Ph.D., Dar spent some time in New York working at advertising agencies like Ogilvy and Mather.
Cao’s research interests include developmental cognitive neuroscience, educational neuroscience, neural basis of language development and disorders, cross-language differences in reading development and disorders, and neural basis of second language learning in children and adults.
Laura Dilley, Ph.D, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. She received her B.S. in Brain and Cognitive Sciences in 1997 from MIT and her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Biosciences and Technology from MIT and Harvard in 2005.
Maryam Naghibolhosseini is a postdoctoral research associate in the Voice and Speech Lab. She joined MSU after obtaining her PhD from the Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences at Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
Brad Rakerd is a Professor in the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders. His previous appointments include Chairperson of the Department, Co-Director of MSUs Hearing Research Center, and Director of the Oyer Speech-Language Hearing Clinic.
Jeff Searl comes to the MSU Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders with a combination of clinical experience and research that can prepare students for the practice of speech and language pathology as well as research in clinical populations.
David Ewoldsen, Ph.D. brings an interdisciplinary approach to the study of communication and the media, and draws from communication scholarship, social and cognitive psychology, cognitive science, and cognitive anthropology. A respected researcher and scholar, his most recent ventures have focused on racism and the media, comprehension of media messages, cooperative video game play, entertainment, and the role of attitudes in risky health behavior.
Rabindra (“Robby”) Ratan is an Assistant Professor and AT&T Scholar at Michigan State University’s Department of Media and Information. He is also an affiliated faculty member of the College of Education’s program in Educational Psychology and Educational Technology.