At the moment our research is focused on three areas:
– investigating neural mechanisms of explicit and implicit language learning using high-density electroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS);
– investigating the processes of learning new word forms for abstract and concrete concepts using high-density EEG and tDCS;
– investigating the processes of instant language acquisition in pre-school children using high-density EEG.
Our results for 2017-2019:
– devised a set of interdisciplinary experimental paradigms for behavioural and neurophysiological investigation of mechanisms responsible for learning new words and forming cortical representations of new language material;
– conducted electrophysiological experiments which demonstrated the existence of two types of language acquisition – implicit and explicit – equally effective on behavioural but different on neurobiological level – and described the differences in the underlying brain mechanisms;
– conducted experimental research of neurophysiological processes underlying acquisition of abstract and concrete language information;
– developed methods of minimally invasive brain stimulation for modifying (increasing or decreasing the speed) the processes of language acquisition;
– gained a better understanding of electrophysiological indicators of the role of articulatory learning in the formation of lexico-semantic memory traces;
– began developing the methods of optimising the learning processes with the help of minimally invasive neurostimulation.