Michael Ullman

Ph.D., 1993, MIT (Brain & Cognitive Sciences)

New Research Building,  EP07
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 Director of the Brain and Language Lab, and Director of the Georgetown EEG/ERP Laboratory.

The Brain and Language Lab attempts to elucidate the neurocognitive bases of language, and the relations between language and other cognitive domains, including memory, music, math, and motor functions. The lab's research examines both native and later-learned language/bilingualism. The lab is particularly interested in between and within subject differences in the neurocognition 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 approaches (e.g., genetic, endocrine, pharmacological). 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 developmental and later-onset disorders, including Specific Language Impairment, ADHD, dyslexia, autism, Tourette 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 be used for up to 64-channel EEG/ERP acquisition. Additionally, we have a 64 channel BrainAmp MR Plus system from Brain Products that allows one to carry out simultaneous EEG/ERP and fMRI acquisition in Georgetown's Center for Functional and Molecular Imaging (CFMI) 3T Siemens Magnetom Trio scanner.