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Vincent Gracco

vincent [dot] gracco [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)

Speech Motor Control Lab


BA & MA Speech Pathology, San Diego State University
PhD Communicative Disorders, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research interests

My research focuses on the neuroscience of human communication using multiple neuroimaging modalities and physiological techniques. Current research areas focus on the development and mechanisms of sensorimotor control for spoken language, sensorimotor dysfunctions associated with stuttering and other speech motor disorders, neuroplasticity and sensorimotor learning, bilingualism and the relationship between language and music. Dr. Gracco is the Director of the multidisciplinary Centre for Research on Brain, Language and Music at McGill.

Representative Publications

Beal, D., Quraan, M., Cheyne, D., Taylor M., Gracco, V.L. & DeNil, L. (2011) Speech-induced suppression of evoked auditory fields in children who stutter. NeuroImage, 54(4), 2994-3003.

Feng, Y., Gracco, V.L. & Max, L. (2011) Integration of auditory and somatosensory error signals in the neural control of speech movements. Journal of Neurophysiology, 106(2), 667-679.

Shum, M., Shiller, D., Baum, S. & Gracco, V.L. (2011) Sensorimotor integration for speech motor learning involves the inferior parietal cortex. European Journal of Neuroscience, 34(11), 1817-1822.

Tremblay, P., Deschamps, I. & Gracco, V.L. (2011) Regional heterogeneity in the processing and the production of speech in the human planum temporale. Cortex, doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2011.09.004

Shiller D., Gracco V.L. & Rvachew S. (2010). Auditory-motor learning during speech production in 9-11 year-old children. PLOS-One, 5:9, e12975.

Beal, D., Cheyne, D., Gracco, V.L. & DeNil, L. (2010). Auditory evoked responses to vocalization during passive listening and active generation in adults who stutter. NeuroImage, 52, 1645-1653.

Tremblay, P. & Gracco, V.L. (2010). On the selection of words and oral motor responses: evidence of a response-independent fronto-parietal network Cortex, 46(1), 15-28.

Sato, M., Tremblay, P. & Gracco, V.L. (2009). A mediating role of the premotor cortex in phoneme segmentation. Brain and Language, 111, 1-7.

Tremblay, P. & Gracco, V.L. (2009). The essential role of the pre-SMA in the production of words and non-speech oral motor gestures, as revealed by repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS). Brain Research, 1268, 112-24.

Shiller, D., Sato, M., Gracco, V.L. & Baum, S.R. (2009). Perceptual recalibration of speech sounds following speech motor learning. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 125(2), 1103-1113.

DeNil, L.F., Beal, D.S., Lafaille, S.J., Kroll, R.M., Crawley, A.P. & Gracco, V.L. (2008). The effects of simulated stuttering and prolonged speech on neural activation patterns of stuttering and nonstuttering speakers. Brain and Language, 107(2), 114-123.

Tremblay, P. & Gracco, V.L. (2006). Contribution of the frontal lobe to externally and internally specified verbal responses: fMRI evidence. Neuroimage, 33(3), 947-57.

Gracco, V.L., Tremblay, P. & Pike, B. (2005). Imaging speech production using fMRI. Neuroimage, 26(1), 294-301.

Gracco, V. L. & Löfqvist, A. (1994). Speech motor organization and control: Evidence from lip, jaw, and laryngeal interactions. Journal of Neuroscience, 14, 6585-6597.

Connor, N., Abbs, J. H., Cole, K. J. & Gracco, V. L. (1989). Parkinsonian deficits in serial multiarticulate movements for speech. Brain, 112, 997-1009.

Gracco, V. L. (1988). Timing factors in the coordination of speech movements. Journal of Neuroscience, 8(12), 4629-4639.

Caruso, A. J., Abbs, J. H. & Gracco, V. L. (1988). Kinematic analysis of multiple movement coordination during speech in stutterers. Brain, 111, 439-455.

Abbs, J. H. & Gracco, V. L. (1983). Sensorimotor actions in the control of multimovement speech gestures. Trends in Neurosciences, 6(9), 391-395.