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Language and Cognitive Aging Laboratory


Director, Joyce L. Harris, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

The primary goal of our research is to contribute to the existing knowledge base in the area of language and cognitive aging, focusing on memory processes and the comprehension of authentic text-based information. Our research combines the perspectives of linguistics, cognitive psychology, cultural anthropology, and communication sciences and disorders to investigate cognitive communicative processes in normal and clinical populations of adults. The investigation of cultural influences on normal and disordered communicative behaviors provides a unique backdrop to our research efforts.

An equally important goal of our laboratory is to provide supervised experiential research instruction for masters- and doctoral-level students in the Communication Sciences and Disorders Program at The University of Texas at Austin. In doing so, our aim is to produce informed consumers and, hopefully, future producers of research.

The following are some of our recent
and ongoing research projects:

  • Health Literacy in Aging
  • Nonverbal Activation of Semantic Memory
  • Typography, Text Design, and Literacy
  • Literacy Competence in Adult Caregivers
  • Reminiscence Discourse as an Index of Cognitive-Linguistic Status

Related Resources:

Reminiscence Resources

4301 Bremner Dr.

Austin, TX 78749

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