Cultural Diversity and the Aging Brain: Stories of Loss and Quest

Dr. Hanna K. Ulatowska

Dr. Hanna K. Ulatowska

Dr. Hanna K. Ulatowska, UT Dallas professor of communication disorders, presents "Cultural Diversity and the Aging Brain: Stories of Loss and Quest."

Ulatowska grew up in a pre- and post-war Europe, was imprisoned in the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp at the age of 11, and endured many years of hardship in Soviet-controlled Poland before earning her doctorate degree in linguistics from the University of Edinburgh, and moving to the United States five decades ago. She received the prestigious Copernicus Award in 2010 from the Polish Neuropsychological Society for her lifetime of work in neurolinguistics.

Ulatowska investigates language changes, particularly in aphasia, dementia and advanced age. Her work uses a strong interdisciplinary approach, taking into account interrelations of social, linguistic and cognitive factors essential to communicating. Ulatowska works with the culturally diverse processing of proverbs, narratives and language representation of experience, including African-American-specific processes of aphasia, and the stories of Holocaust survivors in Poland.