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Speech & Hearing Sciences
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Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Stanford University
Academic Expertise: 
Reading and Dyslexia
Brain Development

The overarching goal of my lab’s research is to understand the neural mechanisms that underlie the process of learning to read, and how these mechanisms differ in children with dyslexia. We use a collection of structural and function neuroimaging measurements to study how a child’s experience with reading instruction shapes the development of brain circuits that are specialized for this unique cognitive function. There are two sides to this work. On the one hand, advances in non-invasive, quantitative brain imaging technologies are opening a new window into the mechanisms that underlie learning. For children with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, we hope to develop personalized intervention programs that are tailored to a child’s unique pattern of brain maturation. On the other hand, educational interventions provide a powerful tool for understanding how environmental factors shape brain development. Following children longitudinally through education programs is a means to understand basic principles of plasticity and brain development.

Recent Publications
Reading ability and phoneme categorization. (2018 Nov 15) Sci Rep 8(1): 16842 O'Brien GE, McCloy DR, Kubota EC, Yeatman JD

Word selectivity in high-level visual cortex and reading skill. (2018 Sep 29) Dev Cogn Neurosci Kubota EC, Joo SJ, Huber E, Yeatman JD

Tractography optimization using quantitative T1 mapping in the human optic radiation. (2018 Nov 1) Neuroimage 181(): 645-658 Schurr R, Duan Y, Norcia AM, Ogawa S, Yeatman JD, Mezer AA

Rapid and widespread white matter plasticity during an intensive reading intervention. (2018 Jun 8) Nat Commun 9(1): 2260 Huber E, Donnelly PM, Rokem A, Yeatman JD

Optimizing text for an individual's visual system: The contribution of visual crowding to reading difficulties. (2018 Jun) Cortex 103(): 291-301 Joo SJ, White AL, Strodtman DJ, Yeatman JD