Hannah Indiviglio to receive Sargent Senior Award!

April 4th, 2024

Guenther Lab undergraduate, Hannah Indiviglio '24, will be one of only two SLHS students to receive a  Sargent Senior Award at graduation! The specific named award she will receive will be announced at the upcoming awards banquet.

We would like to congratulate Hannah on this award and thank her for her continued contribution to the research conducted in the Guenther Lab!

2023 Boston Speech Motor Control Symposium

July 13th, 2023in News

The 2023 Boston Speech Motor Control Symposium, a regional conference aimed at bringing together speech motor control researchers in the Boston area and beyond, was held at Boston University on June 12th. The conference kicked off with a thought-provoking speech delivered by former Dean of Sargent College, Dr. Christopher Moore, followed by engaging roundtable discussions with invited speakers and special guests focused on career planning in speech motor control.

Two Guenther Lab PhD students, Jackie Kim and Latane Bullock, and one postdoctoral fellow, Hannah Rowe, presented their work at the symposium. Jackie presented her work entitled, "Increased Local Gyrification Associated with Increased Autism Severity," which highlighted the structural brain differences underlying autism spectrum disorders. Latane presented his work entitled, "Basal Ganglia Intracranial Local Field Potential Beta and Gamma Dynamics During Speech Production," which delved into the intricate workings of the basal ganglia and its role in speech production. Lastly, Hannah presented her work entitled, "Preliminary Evidence for Motor- and Planning-Based Subtypes of Stuttering Based on Resting State Functional Connectivity Abnormalities," which provided evidence for potential subtypes of stuttering and the importance of personalized treatment approaches.

A major highlight of the symposium was the keynote presentation by Dr. Edward Chang, MD, a respected neurosurgeon from the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Chang's talk focused on the latest developments from his lab, shedding light on our evolving understanding of the speech cortex. His presentation sparked thought-provoking discussions and opened new avenues for future research.

As the symposium concluded, attendees left with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and motivation to continue pushing the boundaries of speech motor control research. The knowledge gained and connections made at the conference will undoubtedly serve as catalysts for future breakthroughs and collaborations in the field.

Guenther Lab brain-machine interface research featured in WIRED

December 8th, 2021in News

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

December 7th, 2021in News

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!

October 5th, 2021in News

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

December 3rd, 2020in News

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!

December 2nd, 2019in News
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)