Guenther Lab brain-machine interface research featured in WIRED

The Long Search for a Computer That Speaks Your Mind

A recent article in Wired magazine discusses the history and progress of research aimed at creating a speech prosthesis, which is a brain-computer interface that can "read" what a paralyzed patient's brain is trying to say and translate it into an acoustic signal. The particular focus is on speech prostheses that can allow the user to improve with practice; our work with Dr. Philip Kennedy in 2008-2009 was the first device of this type, though it was only capable of producing vowel sounds, not entire words.

SpeechLab stuttering research presented at ASA in Seattle featured in Psychology Today

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The Brain Mechanics of Superfluid Coordination

A new article in Psychology Today examines how the midbrain "relay stations" modulate motor loops linked to fluid performance. The author discusses collaborative stuttering research between the Guenther lab and Dr. Soo-Eun Chang's lab at the University of Michigan (inspired in part by Per Alm's theoretical work on basal ganglia involvement in stuttering), relating this work to fluid motions of athletes such as tennis players.



Hilary Miller awarded the New Century Scholars scholarship!

Congratulations to Guenther lab member Hilary Miller who was recently awarded a ASHFoundation New Century Scholars Doctoral Scholarship!

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association’s ASHFoundation awarded this scholarship to recognize strong doctoral candidates who demonstrate academic excellence and a commitment to a teacher-investigator career in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

Research featured in Brain and Language

Reliability of single-subject neural activation patterns in speech production tasks.

New article just published! We looked at how reliable fMRI activation maps were from adults who participated in two simple speech studies in our lab. By focusing on a swath of cortex commonly used during speech, overlap and correlation measures were moderate to high. We then asked if they were also highly discriminable - could a computer correctly identify a participant just from their speech activation maps? Turns out you get almost perfect accuracy across 75 participants with only 1 training sample.

Congratulations to Dante Smith for successfully defending his dissertation!

Dante made the lab proud (especially Frank) with his clear and compelling defense presentation!
                                      The gang's all here to celebrate Dante!

Notice of Dissertation Defense

Dante J. Smith
Candidate for the degree of Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience


Monday, December 2, 2019
10:00 am

Boston University
5 Cummington Mall, RM 113

(Advisor: Professor Frank Guenther)

Guenther lab members highlighted in the 2019-2020 issue of Inside Sargent

Check out the latest issue of Inside Sargent to read up on the research of two Guenther lab members, Dr. Liz Heller Murray and graduate student Saul Frankford.

Out newest postdoctoral student, Dr. Heller Murray, discusses her work as a graduate student with Cara Stepp's Sensorimotor Rehabilitation Engineering Lab.

Saul Frankford's research on speech and speech disorders, specifically stuttering, is also discussed in this issue.


Members of Guenther lab present at SNL 2019

Dr. Frank Guenther, Principal Investigator, and Dr. Elaine Kearney, Postdoctoral Research Associate, recently attended the 11th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language held in the beautiful city of Helsinki, Finland from Aug 20 - 22. Dr. Guenther gave an invited keynote talk titled “Neural Modeling and Imaging of Speech Production in Neurotypical and Disordered Populations”. Dr. Kearney presented a poster titled “SimpleDIVA: A 3-Parameter Model for Examining Adaptation in Speech and Voice Production”.

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