Who We Are:

Led by Dr. Mandy Maguire, our lab is focused on understanding how children learn language and how the brain processes language in general. Why do children learn languages so easily, while many adults struggle to learn a second language? Why do some children learn their native language more easily than others? What parts of the brain are involved in language? Is there a “language center” in the brain?

These are just a few of the questions our lab is trying to answer. To study the brain, we use a technique called electroencephalography (EEG) that provides a window into what the brain is doing at given points in time. Volunteers wear a cap fitted with sponges that, when moistened, are able to detect brain activity through the scalp. This technology is completely non-harmful/non-invasive and helps to shed light on how the brain responds to different language-related tasks.

Location:

Our lab is housed at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Dallas. The Callier Center provides a wide array of clinical services and therapies to individuals with communication disorders, including working with children who have autism spectrum or other developmental disorders, language impairments, and hearing difficulties.

As an on-site research lab, we compliment the Callier Center’s clinical efforts by conducting research that aims to better understand the neurological basis of language and language-related disorders. From this knowledge we hope to develop more effective therapies in the future for individuals suffering from communication disorders.

Our address is Room A118, 1966 Inwood Road, Dallas, Texas 75235.

Contact Information:

Phone: (214) 905-3000
Email: utd.dev.neuro.lab@gmail.com

Driving Instructions:

The Callier Center is located on Inwood Road one block east of Stemmons Freeway (I-35E). The Center is across the street from St. Paul Hospital and near Parkland Hospital and UT Southwestern Medical School. Callier is located in the medical/market center area of Dallas. Our building is at the corner of Inwood Rd. and Medical Center Drive.

Although our address is on Inwood Road the Center does not face Inwood Road. You must turn south on Medical Center Drive to find our parking lot, which is located on an unnamed street between the Callier Center and Texas Woman's University facility. The front entrance is below the "big green awning" labeled Callier Center in white.

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