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Vitória Piai

Tenure Track: “Neuropsychology of Language and Language Disorders”

Vitória Piai is a senior researcher at the Donders Centre for Cognition and Radboud University Medical Centre. 

Her research focuses on language function in healthy and neurological populations, such as stroke, brain tumour, epilepsy, and neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., dementia, Parkinson’s).

She uses a range of behavioural and neuroimaging methods and pays special attention to the intersection of language and other functions, such as executive control, (semantic) memory, and motor control in the case of speaking. 

Her approach is bi-directional. On the one hand, she uses models from cognitive neuroscience to better understand language function in neurological populations. One of the main goals of this approach is to develop novel diagnostic tools and methods to improve language capacity in patients.
On the other hand, she uses observations of the breakdown of language and/or communicative abilities following brain insult to obtain unique insights informative for cognitive (neuro)science models.

Her main interests are:
- language use in context, the intersection between language and semantic memory;
- frontal and temporal lobe interactions in language use, hippocampal contributions to language;
- neuroplasticity, interhemispheric connections and functional lateralisation, brain stimulation

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