Using brain imaging to explore language development in infants

Research Opportunity
PhD
Number of Honour Places Available
1
Department
Medical Bionics Department
Location
Bionics Institute
Primary Supervisor Email Number Webpage
Prof Colette McKay cmaky@bionicsinstitute.org Personal web page

Summary Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is a child- friendly brain imaging technique that uses light to detect brain activity. It uses a cap containing light emitters and detectors that the person being imaged wears while doing tasks of interest. In this project, working directly with young normal hearing and hearing impaired infants and children, the student will first obtain normative fNIRS data about the development of important language areas in the brain in normal hearing children.

Project Details

Functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) is a child- friendly brain imaging technique that uses light to detect brain activity. It uses a cap containing light emitters and detectors that the person being imaged wears while doing tasks of interest. In this project, working directly with young normal hearing and hearing impaired infants and children, the student will first obtain normative fNIRS data about the development of important language areas in the brain in normal hearing children. They will then explore the effect of deafness and early intervention on this brain development in individual hearing impaired children.

General methods to be used in the project:
fNIRS imaging, language assessments, signal processing

Suitable background of students:
This PhD project has capacity for several students. It would suit graduates with qualifications in audiology or speech pathology with motivation to become familiar with fNIRS technical techniques and analyses methods.  Experience working with young deaf children and their families is desirable.
Graduates with backgrounds in neuroscience, engineering or related disciplines are also welcome to apply. These applicants should have strong data analysis or signal processing skills including use of MatLab and have the interpersonal skills to work with young children and their families.



Faculty Research Themes

Neuroscience, Child Health

School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Child Health in Medicine



Research Opportunities

PhD
Students who are interested in joining this project will need to consider their elegibility as well as other requirements before contacting the supervisor of this research

Graduate Research application

Honours application

Key Contact

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Department

Medical Bionics Department

Research Node

Bionics Institute

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