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David Norman (David) Caplan, MD, PhD

Director, Cognitive Behavior Neurology Clinic, MGH

  • Phone: 617-726-2273
Department of Neurology


  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Reading Disabilities Unit
  • Neurology
Clinical Interests
Behavioral neurology
Language disorders
Alzheimer's disease
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
MD, McGill University Faculty of Medicine
Residency, Longwood Rehabilitation Hospital
Board Certifications
Neurology, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
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Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients

BiographyMy subspeciality is Cognitive Disorders, especially language disorders

ResearchMy research is on syntactic processing in sentence comprehension, using fMRI, MEG and morphometric analysis of lesions in correlation studies with task performance in nuerologically intact individuals and individuals with neurological disease.


Caplan, D. (2006). fMRI studies of syntactic processing, Current Medical Imaging Reviews, 2, 443-451.

Caplan, D. (2007). Functional neuroimaging studies of syntactic processing in sentence comprehension: A critical selective review. Language and Linguistic Compass, 1, 3247.

Caplan, D. (2009) Experimental Design and Interpretation of Functional Neuroimaging Studies of Cognitive Processes, Human Brain Mapping, 30, 59-77

Caplan, D (2010) BOLD signal correlates of implicit syntactic processing and their implications for effects of task on parsing and interpretation, Language and Cognitive Processes

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