Research AreasDr. Dick's primary research interests lie in how language develops in the context of other sensorimotor and cognitive processes. He investigates this question using both behavioral and neurobiological methods. For example, Dr. Dick is interested in how the typical and atypical (i.e., lesioned) developing brain organizes to support speech perception and language comprehension in the context of additional visual information from gestures and from the lips and mouth of the speaker. He is also interested in how the developing child uses language to control his or her behavior, or to navigate difficult problem solving situations (e.g., tasks that require “cognitive flexibility”). Dr. Dick uses standard behavioral methodologies, as well as eye-tracking and functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate these questions. He has authored or co-authored a number of papers and has been supported by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to conduct his work.