I am interested in how language is processed in the brain, both in healthy individuals and in pathological conditions. My current project is focused on aphasia - a chronic speech impairment most often caused by stroke. Although contemporary rehabilitation methods allow people with aphasia to restore their language to some extent, very little is known about mechanisms of neuroplasticity that underlie this restoration. To use new rehabilitation methods, such as the transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS) in clinical practice we need more knowledge about language functioning on the neural level. Magnetoencephalography (MEG) provides information about both time courses and localization of the language processes in the brain. In my research I use this method to track recovery of language functions in aphasic patients who undergo an intensive course of speech therapy either combined with anodal tDCS over Broca's area or performed in the absence of such stimulation. My ultimate goal is to develop a clinical protocol that would allow to pre-select patients for neurorehabilitation courses on the basis of their own recovery potential.
Ulanov M., Pavlova A. A., Butorina A. V., Nikolaeva A. Y., Prokofyev A. O., Stroganova T. A. Not all reading is alike: task modulation of magnetic evoked response to visual word // Psychology in Russia: State of the Art. 2017. Vol. 10. No. 3. P. 190-205.
Ulanov M. A., Shtyrov Y. Y. , Stroganova T. A. " Transcranial direct-current stimulation as a tool to induce language recovery in post-stroke aphasic patients, Journal of Higher Nervous Activity (in press)
Ulanov M. A., Stroganova T. A., Shtyrov Y. Y. , “Language rehabilitation in chronic post-stroke aphasia: a neuroscientific perspective”, Journal of Psychology. Higher School of economics (in press)
Post-Stroke rehabilitation in chronic aphasia: the combined effect of tDCS and speech therapy