Research Interests / Training Areas:
- Language Processing utilizing event-related brain potentials (ERPs)
- Typical and Disordered Language processing in children
- Utilizing a combined approach of neurophyisiological and clinical indices to better understand how the brain functions for language processing in typical and disordered development
Chris Weber is the director of the Neural Systems for Language Processing Lab. Her research program examines neural systems for language processing in typically developing children and adults, and in children with communication disorders, including those who stutter or who have language impairment. Her research approach utilizes measures of event-related brain potentials (ERPs) combined with behavioral measures of accuracy and reaction time, as well as, clinical measures of speech, language, and cognitive proficiencies.
Dr. Weber has published numerous papers on the neural functions for language processing in children and adults who stutter. Her most recent findings indicate that even close to the onset of stuttering, preschool children who stutter show differences in their ERPs for processing syntactic structure. Currently, the goals of her research are to determine whether electrophysiological measures of language processing during the preschool years can help predict, along with clinical and other indices, whether a child will eventually recover or persist in stuttering.
Along with Dr. Anne Smith, Dr. Weber is a Co-Director of the Purdue Stuttering Project. With their team, they have been studying preschoolers who stutter across language, motor, and emotional domains utilizing both physiological and clinical measures.
Hampton Wray, A., & Weber-Fox, C. (2013). Specific aspects of cognitive and language proficiency account for variability in neural indices of semantic and syntactic processing in children. Journal of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 5, 149-171.
Weber-Fox, C., Hampton Wray, A., & Arnold, H. (2013). Early childhood stuttering and electrophysiological indices of language processing. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 38, 206-221.
Kaganovich, N., Kim, J., Herring, C., Schumaker, J., MacPherson, M., & Weber-Fox, C. (2013). Musicians show general enhancement of complex sound encoding and better inhibition of irrelevant auditory change in music: An ERP study. European Journal of Neuroscience, 37, 1295-1307.
Smith, A., Goffman, L., Sasisekaran, J., & Weber-Fox, C. (2012). Language and motor abilities of preschool children who stutter: Evidence from behavioral and kinematic indices of nonword repetition performance. Journal of Fluency Disorders, 37, 344-358.
Malaia, E., Wilbur, R.B., Weber-Fox, C. (2012). Effects of verbal event structure on online thematic role assignment Journal of Psycholinguistic Research. 41 (5), 323-345.Sasisekaran, J., & Weber-Fox, C. (2012). Cross-sectional study of phoneme and rhyme monitoring abilities in children between 7 and 13 years. Applied Psycholinguistics, 33, 253-279.