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The Educational NeuroImaging Center (ENIC) is focused on determining the neuronal, cognitive, genetic, and environmental components that underlie both the typical and atypical development of the most important components of communication in children: language and reading.

Our research focuses on several domains:

Characterization of the underlying neuronal, cognitive, environmental, and genetic causes for language and reading difficulties in children suffering from these difficulties, such as in children with dyslexia, attention difficulties hyperactive disorder (ADHD), epilepsy, auditory-processing disorders, specific language impairments, psychiatric disorders, and more, through examination of the typical pathways of language and reading development in healthy children

Treatment for children with language and reading difficulties using a variety of intervention programs

Prevention of language and reading difficulties in all children

To objectively pinpoint the neural circuits related to language and reading, we use a variety of neuroimaging techniques, such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), eye-tracking, and transcranial direct-current stimulation (tDCS). Using multi-modality analysis methods, we combine functional and structural connectivity datasets with behavioral and genetic data to establish a holistic understanding of the basis of language and reading difficulties.

The Role of the Anterior Cingulate Cortex in Reading
In order to be able to read, the brain engages neural circuits originally aimed for other cognitive abilities such as those related to Executive Functions (EFs) and cognitive control. This video demonstrates the location of the Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC), related to performance monitoring. Our findings revealed that the ACC has a critical role in fluent reading as well as in reading remediation in children with reading difficulties.
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