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Welcome to the MontiLab!

The MontiLab is a research laboratory at the University of California Los Angeles, headed by Dr. Martin M. Monti. The laboratory is housed in the Psychology Department, but we are also part of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Ronald Reagan Medical Center at UCLA.

In my laboratory we focus on two of the most fundamental aspects of being human:
(1) The interplay between language and thought
(2) Consciousness and cognition in coma, vegetative and minimally conscious state

(1) What is the relationship between language and thought?


(2) How is consciousness lost and recovered after severe brain injury?


Media Report -- fMRI reveals activity in former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon: Interview (see the related news section for more info)

Media Report -- Discover Magazine: My research is elected Top Story #41 of 2010 (see the related news section for more info)

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Motivational quote

One of the difficulties in understanding the brain is that it is like nothing so much as a lump of porridge.

Richard L. Gregory

— Eye and Brain: The Psychology of Seeing, 1966

What is consciousness?

"In terms of brain function, the difference between being conscious and unconscious is a bit like the difference between driving from Los Angeles to New York in a straight line versus having to cover the same route hopping on and off several buses that force you to take a 'zig-zag' route and stop in several places." -- Martin Monti

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