Rämä Pia

Email : pia.rama@parisdescartes.fr
Speech perception group

Thèmes de recherche :

Our research focuses on the acquisition of language by infants and children in relation with sensorimotor aspects. We are interested in various steps of this development, from birth to the emergence of oral language and the acquisition of written language. Our general aim is to understand the interactions between innate predispositions and the linguistic environment that allow the infant to develop complex and culture-dependent structures. Our research, bearing on the comparison of the acquisition of French with that of other languages (English, German, Japanese...), helps specify what is general and what is language-specific in the developmental patterns of language acquisition observed in the literature. Cortical and behavioral functional plasticity is investigated using behavioral (HPP, Switch, eye-tracking, etc.), neurophysiological (event-related potentials, ERPs) and neuroimaging (NIRS) methods. In particular, we study:
the influence of crosslinguistic differences on the typical development of speech perception, phonological, lexical, semantic and morpho-syntactic abilities and the acquisition of reading.
the impact of bilingualism on early language acquisition.
the impact on these developments of different developmental pathologies, including deafness (deaf infants with either external auditory devices or cochlear implants), several genetic syndromes (SLI, dyslexia, Williams syndrome) and early brain lesions.

Publications significatives :

  • Helo, A., Rämä, P., Pannasch, S., & Méary, D. (2016). Eye movement patterns and visual attention during scene viewing in 3- to 12-month-olds. Visual Neuroscience, 33, 1-7.
  • Sirri, L., & Rämä, P. (2015). Cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying semantic priming during language acquisition. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 35, 1-12.
  •  Fagard, J., Sirri, L., & Rämä, P. (2014). Effect of handedness on the occurrence of semantic N400 priming effect in 18- and 24-month-old children. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1-8.
  • Helo, A., Pannasch, S., Sirri, L., & Rämä, P. (2014). The maturation of eye movement behavior: Scene viewing characteristics in children and adults. Vision Research, 103, 83-91.
  • Rämä, P., Relander-Syrjänen, K., Carlson, S., Salonen, O., & Kujala, T. (2012). Attention and semantic processing during speech: an fMRI study. Brain and Language, 122, 114-119.


Doctorant(e)s encadré(e)s 2019 - 2020 :

  1.  Oytun Aygun - 4ème année