The DLDCN Centre resulted from a refurbishment in 2002 with funding from the Science Research Investment Fund Round 1 (SRIF). It includes research offices and an ERP suite specifically designed for testing children.

The Centre has received unanimous acclaim for its functional and aesthetic qualities from the scientific and public community alike-- parents and children too enjoying return visits. The architects were the award winning Panter-Hudspith architects.

We are located in Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street.

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The centre's research programme investigates the development of fundamental human capacities - particularly language - to elucidate the mechanism of language acquisition and provide insight into the development of specialised cognitive systems, furthering understanding of the structure and function of the human mind and its neural instantiations. The work aims to bring current (and future) advances in developmental cognitive science and language disorders to the assessment and treatment of developmental speech and language disorders. We conduct behavioural experiments, from a multidisciplinary perspective, to determine the acquisition, use, understanding and breakdown of language - particularly "Specific Language Impairment" (SLI) - and its relation to other cognitive capacities. Towards this end the centre conducts interdisciplinary research and houses research fellows, doctoral students, and visiting researchers from diverse disciplines, including linguistics, psycholinguistics, cognitive neuroscience, and psychology to investigate the cognitive and neural correlates of normal and atypical language development. The centre has a fully equipped high-density ERP testing suite and is part of the Department of Human Communication Science, University College London.

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The Centre aims to disseminate the results of its research program over as a wide an audience as possible; our work has been discussed in forums ranging from national newspapers to avant-garde art galleries.

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GAPS Launch, January 22 2007

"A hairnet for brain waves" The Times, Saturday July 30 2005

"Art in laboratory conditions" The Independent, 14 July 2005

"Is human language a natural progression in animal communication or has there been a genetic leap in our ability to communicate? " Epigenome, 14 July 2005

"Minister Lectured" Enfield Independent, 9 March 2005

"Brain scans shed light on secrets of speech" The Guardian, 3 February 2004







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Chandler House, 2 Wakefield Street, London WC1N 1PF, UK

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Telephone: (+44) 020 7679 4185

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