2022 SECD Research Roundup - Soyoung Park
Soyoung Park, a Ph.D. student in speech-language pathology, discusses what made her interested in research after nearly two decades as a speech-language pathologist, as well as her research interests within the field.
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[00:00:00.000]I worked as a speech pathologist
[00:00:02.602]in various medical settings
[00:00:04.738]for 20 years.
[00:00:06.306]Just a little bit over 20 years,
[00:00:08.041]and then I realized that, um,
[00:00:11.411]I really want to
[00:00:14.114]a position where I can, um,
[00:00:20.954]more innovative clinical projects.
[00:00:23.890]And then, also,
[00:00:25.258]I always wanted to
[00:00:27.193]read and learn more about what's the updated, um,
[00:00:32.766]findings about neuroplasticity
[00:00:36.069]that drives the, um,
[00:00:38.671]normal progression of, um,
[00:00:41.241]human communication - speech, motor, swallowing,
[00:00:44.110]and brain cog- uh, cognitive activity.
[00:00:46.546]We deal with all those spectrums as a clinician.
[00:00:49.682]I'm focusing on
[00:00:51.217]finding effects of
[00:00:54.054]stimulation on hands and on face
[00:00:59.592]fine motor, um,
[00:01:01.594]skill performance differences,
[00:01:03.797]and then showing
[00:01:06.433]whether there are
[00:01:08.535]any changes in neural activities.
[00:01:11.171]So, I'm going to collect the data on
[00:01:13.373]young, neurotypical young adults
[00:01:15.408]and older adults.
[00:01:17.811]And then see how this
[00:01:20.380]somatosensory stimulation could
[00:01:22.816]impact their motor skill changes.
[00:01:24.984]Eventually, down the road, I would hope that, um,
[00:01:28.755]I could use the data to treat, um,
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