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Anne Sokolich

BA (hons), MSc, MSc

DPhil Student

I am a DPhil student working with Natalie Voets and Mark Stokes.

My research is focused on understanding language organisation in patients with brain tumours. Using a combination of diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the aim is to characterise how various aspects of language networks may differ in tumour patients. Additionally, because language function calls on higher cognitive functions, such as working memory, I am also investigating how language and working memory interact in these tumour patients using both behavioural and fMRI tasks. Another aspect of the work is characterising these language and memory networks again once patients have undergone surgery. The hope is that this research will contribute to a better understanding of how chronic disease (such as a slow growing tumour in known language areas) may change language and memory networks in the brain.