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Research in the Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory (ANRL) examines language processing (primarily verb and sentence processing) in individuals with stroke-induced aphasia, primary progressive aphasia (PPA), and cognitively healthy volunteers.

The ANRL is directed by Dr. Cynthia K. Thompson, PhD.

Our studies map the neural mechanisms of language processing using advanced neuroimaging techniques, and processing routines engaged for normal sentence processing using eyetracking paradigms. We also examine how the neural and cognitive mechanisms for language are compromised and how they recover in people with aphasia. The effects of psycholinguistically-based treatment for verb and sentence deficits on cognitive and neural processing also are tested, and we seek to determine cognitive and neural biomarkers of language recovery. The lab is part of the Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery, also directed by Dr. Thompson.

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  • Learn how we use eye tracking technology to study language processing.
  • Our lab uses electroencephalogram (EEG) methods to study brain responses to various language tasks.
    Our lab uses electroencephalogram (EEG) methods to study brain responses to various language tasks.
  • We use functional magnetic resonance imagine (fMRI) to study language processing and recovery.
    We use functional magnetic resonance imagine (fMRI) to study language processing and recovery.
  • Watch Dr. Thompson speak on the neurobiology of language recovery in stroke-induced aphasia
    Watch Dr. Thompson speak on the neurobiology of language recovery in stroke-induced aphasia
  • Winter Newsletter
    Winter Newsletter
  • Beijing Meeting, March 2017
    Beijing Meeting, March 2017
  • Hope for Aphasia Patients
    Hope for Aphasia Patients
  • Academy of Aphasia, 2016
    Academy of Aphasia, 2016
    Dr. Jennifer Mack presented on the recovery of sentence production in aphasia following language treatment (by examining online sentence production using eyetracking techniques). Click this slide for more information about this study!
  • Academy of Aphasia, 2016
    Academy of Aphasia, 2016
    Dr. Elena Barbieri gave a platform presentation on semantic and syntactic processing in Primary Progressive Aphasia (using electroencephalogram, or EEG, techniques) . Click this slide for more information about this study!
  • Recovery of sentence production processes following language treatment in aphasia.
    Recovery of sentence production processes following language treatment in aphasia.
  • (Eye)Tracking passive sentence comprehension in agrammatic aphasia
    (Eye)Tracking passive sentence comprehension in agrammatic aphasia
  • Northwestern University Aphasia Center (click for more info)
    Northwestern University Aphasia Center (click for more info)
  • China Collaboration Trip, 2016
    China Collaboration Trip, 2016
  • CUNY, 2016
    CUNY, 2016
  • Annual Holiday Party, 2015
    Annual Holiday Party, 2015