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Zubaida Shebani
Visiting Scientist
01223 355294

Research interests

  • Neuropsychology of language and memory, especially word category impairments in patients with degenerative brain diseases
  • Neural basis of semantics
  • Category-specific brain activations
  • Cross-linguistic studies of English and Arabic

My main interest is in the nature and neural basis of semantics. In examining the role of sensorimotor regions in semantic processing, I carry out neuropsychological studies of patients with disorders of language and/or semantic memory. These patient studies are complemented by investigations using behavioural and neuroimaging techniques (fMRI) to measure brain activation in neurologically healthy individuals during semantic language and memory tasks.

CBSU publications
SHEBANI, Z. , Carota,F., HAUK, O., ROWE, J.B., Barsalou, L.W., Tomasello, R., Pulvermuller, F. (2018) Brain correlates of action word memory, BioRxiv [Open Access]

Shebani, Z. (2018) How tapping affects talking: Reversals of action language interaction effects, Proceedings of the European Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences, Brighton, UK [Read More]

SHEBANI, Z. & Pulbermuller, F. (2018) Flexibility in language action interaction: the influence of movement type, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 12, 252 [Open Access]

Shebani, Z. , Patterson, K., Nestor, P.J., Diaz-de-Grenu, L.Z., Dawson, K., Pulvermuller, F. (2017) Semantic word category processing in semantic dementia and posterior cortical atrophy, Cortex, 93: 92-106 [Open Access]

Pulvermuller, F., MOSELEY, R.L., EGOROVA, N., SHEBANI, Z. & Boulenger, V. (2014) Motor cognition–motor semantics: Action perception theory of cognition and communication, Neuropsychologia, 55, 71-84 [Open Access]

SHEBANI, Z. , & PULVERMULLER, F. (2013) Moving the hands and feet specifically impairs working memory for arm- and leg-related action words, Cortex, 49(1), 222-231 [Read More]

SHEBANI, Z. (2012) Semantic Word Category Processing, Unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Cambridge [Read More]