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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
A browser-based tool for visualization and analysis of diffusion MRI data. (2018 Mar 5) Nat Commun 9(1): 940 Yeatman JD, Richie-Halford A, Smith JK, Keshavan A, Rokem A

Evaluating g-ratio weighted changes in the corpus callosum as a function of age and sex. (2017 Jun 30) Neuroimage Berman S, West KL, Does MD, Yeatman JD, Mezer AA

The causal relationship between dyslexia and motion perception reconsidered. (2017 Jun 23) Sci Rep 7(1): 4185 Joo SJ, Donnelly PM, Yeatman JD

Bottom-up and top-down computations in word- and face-selective cortex. (2017 Feb 22) Elife 6(): Kay KN, Yeatman JD

Aging-Resilient Associations between the Arcuate Fasciculus and Vocabulary Knowledge: Microstructure or Morphology? (2016 Jul 6) J Neurosci 36(27): 7210-22 Teubner-Rhodes S, Vaden KI Jr, Cute SL, Yeatman JD, Dougherty RF, Eckert MA