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Dan Acheson

My research focuses on the interplay between memory, attention, cognitive control and language processing. There are two broad themes that run throughout much of my research. The first is understanding the nature of how we maintain verbal information over short-periods of time in the service of language production and comprehension (i.e., verbal working memory), with a focus on the maintenance and representation serial order in memory and language. The second is how we monitor and exert control over the process of language production, from higher-level cognitive control to lower level sensorimotor control.

I use a variety of techniques to pursue these issues including behavioral experimentation, machine learning, computational modeling, eye-tracking, EEG, MEG, fMRI and TMS. Some of the topics I'm currently pursuing include:

- The neural basis of monitoring and control in language production
- EEG and fMRI correlates of response conflict in language production
- MEG measures of sensorimotor feedback and its role in online adaptation during speech production
- The role of attention during the various stages of production planning
- The role of language production processes in verbal short-term memory
- Syntactic and semantic influences on verbal short-term memory
- Computational modeling of the representation and maintenance of verbal information using a reservoir computing framework

Function: Research Staff
Member of: Neurobiology of Language Department
Other Affiliations: Research Fellow, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
Last checked 2015-01-09

Dan Acheson

Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
PO Box 310
6500 AH Nijmegen
The Netherlands