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Nikki Janssen

WP6 Toolkit & WP 4 Language in Action

Nikki Janssen is a PhD student at Donders Center for Cognition. She holds a Bachelor degree in Medicine as well as Psychology and completed her Master in Health-care Psychology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen.  

Within the Language in Interaction Consortium, Nikki will investigate the functional contribution of the ventral and dorsal pathways to speaking by assessing whether connectivity measures predict language performance for both healthy speakers and patients with primary progressive aphasia (PPA). Neuroimaging techniques will be used in order to measure linguistic and behavioural performance relative to brain function, structure and connectivity.

In doing so, the project aims to illuminate the contributions of ventral and dorsal pathways to speaking, which is not only of fundamental but also practical importance, as it may further validate a clinical test for PPA in terms of underlying brain atrophy.

More information on Nikki's PhD project.