The Adult Cognitive-Communication Laboratory (ACCL) is
housed in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Northern
Cognitive-communication is the relationship between cognitive processes (such
as attention, memory, executive functions, and organization) and communication
abilities. Typically following brain
injury, if an individual has problems with cognitive or thinking abilities, the
difficulties will negatively influence everyday interactions. Researchers in the lab are currently
investing concussion/mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI). The investigators are:
- Evaluating various cognitive-communication
screening measures to determine which measures can identify persistent symptoms
related to concussion/mTBI
- Studying the timing of when to provide cognitive-communication
therapy for best functional outcomes.
The goal of our research is to assist speech-language
pathologists in selecting screening measures for concussion/mTBI and to determine
when best to provide rehabilitation for cognitive-communication deficits. The current research is funded by NIH –
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.
The ACCL is under the direction of Emi Isaki, Ph.D. Her graduate research assistants are: Naomi R., Emily S., Kayla W., & Erin U.