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Tracy M. Centanni

Starting Fall 2017!
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. University of Texas at Dallas, 2013 Cognition and Neural Science

Research Interests

Coming Fall of 2017; my lab will study auditory perception (with a focus on language), genetic influences in communication disorders, and neural plasticity during learning and intervention. The main goal of this work will be to identify the biological mechanisms of communication impairments so that more effective interventions can be implemented. To unpack the genetic heterogeneity of language and reading, we will use rats as a model to investigate the link between certain genes and auditory perception and plasticity. We will then bring in human participants to test these results and evaluate new methods of driving plasticity during language and reading interventions. The lab will use a combination of animal behavior, microelectrode recording techniques, human behavioral testing, and in the future, human neural imaging.
If you are interested in gaining research experience, either as a graduate student or as a volunteer research assistant, please send me an email including your name, background, current position/major and your research interests!