The Aphasia and Psycholinguistics Lab is directed by Dr. Valantis Fyndanis. It is housed at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (Cyprus University of Technology), ZT3 building, 15 Vragadinou Street, 3041 Limassol, Cyprus.
The focus of the research being conducted at the Aphasia and Psycholinguistics Lab is on (1) the morphosyntactic and cognitive impairments in aphasia and related adult neurogenic disorders, (2) bilingualism/multilingualism, and (3) healthy aging.
Currently, the primary lines of research are the following:
(1) relationship between morphosyntactic processing (in production and comprehension) and cognitive capacities such as short-term memory, working memory and speed of processing;
(2) impact of bilingualism/multilingualism on cognitive abilities; and
(3) nature of the mechanisms underlying bilingual language control (e.g. domain-general cognitive control or language-specific control?)
To address the broad research questions above, both timed and untimed behavioural (linguistic and cognitive) tasks are employed. In collaboration with other labs (see below), we also carry out eye-tracking and EEG/ERP studies.
Dr. Fyndanis is the Principal Investigator on the Machine Learning Aphasia project, funded by the Research Council of Norway. The Cyprus University of Technology is one of the international partners on this project, and the Aphasia and Psycholinguistics Lab is affiliated with MultiLing’s Socio-Cognitive Laboratory (Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo, Norway). The Aphasia and Psycholinguistics Lab is also affiliated with the Brain and Cognitive Science lab, which is housed at the Rehabilitation Clinic of the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at the Cyprus University of Technology.
Dr. Fyndanis is currently (co-)supervising the following doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows:
Marielena Soilemezidi (affiliated with the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece)
Maria Pitopoulou (affiliated with the University of Ioannina, Greece)
Anastasia Lada (affiliated with the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, Belgium)