The aim of this study is to investigate how stroke patients with communication impairment recover language function. We want to determine the best predictors of language improvement and treatment response in the critical phases of brain recovery.


We are seeking healthy male and female participants in their late 50’s and 60’s who are right handed, have English as a primary language, no history of neurological disease, mental illness, or head trauma and have any metals present in the body which would be unsafe in an MRI scanner.


Participation in the research will involve one brain scanning (MRI) session, carried out at the Herston Imaging Research Facility (HIRF) at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital, Herston. Prior to the scanning session, a brief telephone interview will be conducted to screen for project suitability. Suitable participants will then attend a scanning session at HIRF where they will be required to complete a functional MRI (fMRI) language task while in the scanner. The complete scanning session will last approximately one hour. Participants will be reimbursed $30 for their time and effort.


If you live in Brisbane and would be interested in finding out more about the study (or know of anyone who may) please contact Natasha Simons or Caitlin Fraser on 3346 6110 or email


Your interest in this research is much appreciated!