Slevc, L. Robert
I study the cognitive mechanisms underlying language processing (especially language production) in both normal and brain-damaged populations. One line of research investigates how systems such as memory and cognitive control underlie our impressive ability to translate ideas into sentences. A related interest is the extent to which this translation of ideas into speech is based on knowledge of our audience versus on a need to reduce our own cognitive demands. In a second line of research, I investigate similarities between the processing of language and of music. This includes work on whether language and music rely on similar (or even the same) processing mechanisms and also research on the relationship of musical ability to successful second language acquisition.