Elena Plante

Elena Plante, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor with appointments in the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, the Cognitive Science Program, and the Neurogenic Institute at the University of Arizona. Dr. Plante's lab supports behavioral studies of language and learning, and neuroimaging studies that examine issues related to normal language processing or brain correlates of language disorders. She has been conducting neuroimaging research for over 15 years. Her work is currently funded by grants from the
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute on Aging. Ongoing neuroimaging research involves morphometric analysis of structural MRI scans, fMRI studies of language in normal and impaired subjects, and electrophysiologic correlates of processing in normal and language/learning disabled subjects. Electrophysiologic studies are conducted in collaboration with the Van Petten ERP lab (Cyma Van Petten, Ph.D., principle investigator). In addition to collaborations with faculty and students in many other departments at the University of Arizona, the Plante lab has ongoing collaborations with investigators at the University of Wisconson, University of Washington, and the Imaging Research lab at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

Recent publications:

Plante, E., Creusere, M., & Sabin, C. (2002). Dissociating Sentential
Prosody from Sentence Processing: Activation Interacts with Task Demands.
NeuroImage, 17, 401-410

Fridriksson, J., Holland, A.L., Coull, B., Plante, E., Trouard, T., &
Plante, E. (2002). Aphasia severity: association with cerebral perfusion and
diffusion. Aphasiology, 16, 859-872.

Holland, S.K., Plante, E., Weber, A.M., Strawsburg, R.H., Schmithorst, V.J.,
Ball, W.S. (2001). Functional MRI of Brain Activation Patterns Associated
with Normal Language
Development. NeuroImage, 14, 837-43.

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