Relational Language and Cognition
Relational thinking may be one of the most sophisticated and unique aspects of human intelligence. Yet we know relatively little about the role of language in these abilities, and the neural mechanisms that underlie them. We are beginning to study the interdependencies between learning the words above, below, right and left and the ability to extract those relations in a non-verbal task, and plan to explore the neural correlates of those abilities in humans.
Research participant in a trial that is designed to tap non-verbal knowledge of the concept of "below".