Pinango's lab works on the neurological underpinnings of the
combinatorial mechanisms (morphological, syntactic and semantic)
involved in language use and how the output of these mechanisms is linked
to the larger conceptual system and to other cognitive systems (e.g., memory system).
This research is carried out by means of normal-brain based models and
lesion-based models (e.g., focal brain lesions resulting from vascular
The methods used range from strictly behavioral (e.g., judgments, picture-matching tasks), to online methods (e.g., eye-tracking, cross-modal lexical decision) to neuroimaging (fMRI) (Eye-tracking and fMRI are done in collaboration with Dave Brazie at Haskins labs and Todd Constable at the Anlyan center, respectively).