Jean Gordon teaches in the Department of Communication Studies. Her research focuses on spoken language production and how it changes with normal aging or with the onset of neurogenic language disorders such as aphasia. As a psycholinguist, she is interested in the mechanisms by which words are organized and produced in the normal brain, as well as the mechanisms of age-related change. As a certified speech-language pathologist, she is also interested in mechanisms of language breakdown and recovery post-stroke or other brain injury. In addition to her interests in word retrieval, she has more recently begun to investigate questions of social interaction in aging populations. An ongoing project originally funded by the John Templeton Foundation through the University of Chicago explores the speech and language factors contributing to perceptions of older adults, and their implications for age-related stereotypes. Similar biases are also present in the perceptions of people interacting with individuals who have aphasia.