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The overall goal of our research is to understand the mechanisms of learning and development in order to enhance brain function in all individuals. The theoretical framework guiding our work is interactive specialization which argues that the interaction between regions allows for the brain to segregate into pathways with unique computational principles. Much of our work focuses on academically relevant areas such as reading, math and scientific thinking. Our models of typical brain function are also informed by our research in atypical populations such as dysphasia (developmental language disorder), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and deafness. A major focus of our work has been on learning disabilities, including dyslexia (reading disability) and dyscalculia (math disability). Recent research in our lab is investigating the role of educational interventions for enhancing brain function. The social and economic costs of deficits in learning and altered development are enormous, yet we know little about their brain basis, so our work has important implications for the identification and treatment of developmental disorders.