Michael Ullman


Ph.D. (Brain & Cognitive Sciences) 1993, MIT, Boston, MA
Phone: 202.687.6064
Fax: 202.687.0617
E-mail: michael@georgetown.edu


Dr. Ullman is Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Linguistics, Psychology and Neurology. He is co-director of the Center for the Brain Basis of Cognition (CBBC), Director of the Brain and Language Lab, and Director of the Georgetown EEG/ERP Laboratory.

The CBBC promotes campus-wide basic research and training at the intersection of cognition and neuroscience, with an interest in applying this research to clinical and educational contexts. The center brings together the complementary strengths of the Main Campus and the Medical Center in the study of mind and brain, with the goal of enhancing collaboration across the campuses and between the diverse disciplines that examine the neural basis of cognition. The Center is focusing initially on two areas of strength at Georgetown, language and lifespan cognitive development.

The Brain and Language Lab attempts to elucidate the biological and computational bases of language, and the relations between language and other cognitive domains, including memory, music and motor functions. The lab's research examines both native and later-learned language. The lab is particularly interested in within and between subject differences in the biocognition of language, based on factors such as genetic variation, endocrine fluctuations, and sex and handedness differences. The lab's members test their hypotheses using a set of complementary behavioral, neurological, neuroimaging (ERPs , fMRI), and other biological (genetic, endocrine, pharmacological) approaches. They are interested in the normal acquisition and processing of language and non-language functions, as well as the breakdown, recovery and rehabilitation of these functions in a variety of disorders, including Specific Language Impairment, ADHD, dyslexia, autism, Tourette syndrome, Williams syndrome, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, and aphasia.

The Georgetown EEG/ERP Laboratory provides a state-of-the-art facility for the acquisition of human electroencephalography (EEG) and event-related potentials (ERPs). The lab's Neuroscan SynAmps2 EEG/ERP system can currently be used for 64-channel EEG/ERP acquisition alone, or for 64-channel integrated recording of EEG/ERP and fMRI, using the MagLink cap and cable system with the CFMI 3T Siemens Magnetom Trio scanner.

Center for the Brain Basis of Cognition
Brain and Language Lab
Georgetown EEG/ERP Laboratory
Medline Publications