Eleonora Mocevic

Student NameEleonora Mocevic
Faculty Mentor NameLori J. Altmann, PhD
CollegePublic Health and Health Professions
MajorCommunication Sciences and Disorders, Psychology Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience
MinorDeaf and Hearing Sciences
Research InterestsLanguage Comprehension
Motor Speech Disorders
Academic AwardsDean’s List 2019-2020
Upper Level Division of Communication Sciences and Disorders Major
OrganizationsBrain Language and Bilingualism Lab (BLAB)
National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association (NSSLHA)
Balkan Student Association
Dance Marathon
Hobbies and InterestsReading, Cooking, and Volunteering

Research Project

Sentence Comprehension in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease affecting upper and lower motor neurons, leading to weakness and atrophy in the muscles. Cognitive decline is seen in ALS as well, with some patients developing symptoms that resemble those in behavioral-variant frontotemporal dementia (bv-FTD). Cognitive dysfunction results in deficiencies in receptive language, especially in language domains requiring executive function. This study aims to analyze auditory sentence comprehension in individuals with ALS. Auditory comprehension is an integral part of life. The inability to understand what others are saying can result in social isolation and a declining quality of life.