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Research investigating the areas in the brain associated with learning for speech development and maintenance


We will be studying speech performance during a reading task and using MRI analysis and a non-invasive brain stimulation therapy to help understand specific brain areas and structural qualities which may influence people’s performance while learning speech.

Call to action

Are you an adult aged 18-36 years of age? Consider participating in a research study to further understand the different areas of the brain and their roles in the speech-learning process. Your participation can help to inform future therapeutic approaches for aiding speech development.

Who can participate

Adults 18-36 years of age

  • Use English as their primary daily language


Exclusion criteria:

  • History of learning difficulties, head injury, or speech or language deficits.
  • Pregnancy

What's involved

You will participate in two sessions at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital. On your first visit you will undergo an MRI scan of your brain, lasting 35 minutes. This scan requires no action, just lying still for the duration of the scan. There is no harm to you while undergoing the MRI scan. Following the scan, you will complete a hearing screening as well as the reading task. On your second visit, you will undergo non-invasive brain stimulation. This causes a temporary alteration in the electrical activity of the brain. Following this you will once again complete the reading task.


  • Both sessions will last approximately one hour each
  • You can receive your MRI brain images following your scan if you are interested
  • Participants will receive a $20 gift card to Amazon as a thank-you for their participation following the two sessions
  • Parking is provided


Interested in participating

If you are interested in participating in this study or have additional questions, please contact Kieran Wheatley at []

Additional information

Version 1 (28-Oct-2022) REB#0536

The neural basis of speech motor adaptation

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