Frontiers of BrainHealth Lunch Lecture Series
The Center for BrainHealth invites scientists to share their scientific study with students and other researchers at the Frontiers of BrainHealth Lunch Lectures. The lectures are heavily science focused and are not intended for a lay audience. Lectures to be simulcast among UTD affiliated locations.
The lectures are free, but you must register to reserve your seat. Lunch is served at 11:45 AM.
Using Senseless Sentences to Study Cognition: Insights from Traumatic Brain Injury and Electrophysiology
Reading and generating sentences are highly cerebral processes that provide interesting avenues into studying compromised and healthy cognition. This presentation will first review how traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) impact executive abilities, why these are difficult to capture using traditional neuropsychological assessment, and solutions to improve the detection of TBI-related mild cognitive impairments using sentence generation. Second, this talk will review electrophysiological studies of sentence reading and provide results from a novel pre-clinical paradigm assessing executive aspects of language comprehension for use in TBI and other clinical populations.
Dr. Kmiecik received his BS in psychology from Loyola University Chicago where he became interested in how language interacts with human thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving. His work utilizes neuroimaging techniques, such as fMRI and EEG/ERP, to understand the cognitive mechanisms of reasoning and how these relate to neural functioning. He is also interested in how traumatic brain injuries affect cognitive constructs, such attention and semantic memory, to inform and develop cognitive rehabilitation programs. Current projects include: improving methods for characterizing semantic and lexical properties of word generations in neuropsychological assessments, understanding multivariate relationships between the blood-oxygen-level-dependent (BOLD) response and white matter microstructure in individuals with mild-moderate TBI, and understanding how humans reason with complex relational structures.