Phone: 
+1 206 685-3934

Speech & Hearing Sciences
Portage Bay Building
Office: 
216
Box: 
357988

Jason
 
Yeatman
,
Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Education: 
Ph.D. Stanford University
Academic Expertise: 
Reading and Dyslexia
Neuroimaging
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
Parallel spatial channels converge at a bottleneck in anterior word-selective cortex. (2019 Apr 8) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A White AL, Palmer J, Boynton GM, Yeatman JD

Applying microstructural models to understand the role of white matter in cognitive development. (2019 Feb 1) Dev Cogn Neurosci 36(): 100624 Huber E, Henriques RN, Owen JP, Rokem A, Yeatman JD

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