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  • Learn how eye tracking technology is used to study language processing in the brain.
    Learn how eye tracking technology is used to study language processing in the brain.
  • Recovery of sentence production processes following language treatment in aphasia.
    Recovery of sentence production processes following language treatment in aphasia.
  • Language processing and recovery are studied using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
    Language processing and recovery are studied using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).
  • Barbieri, E., Mack, J., Chiappetta, B., Europa, E., & Thompson, C.K. (2019). Recovery of offline and online sentence processing in aphasia: Language and domain-general network neuroplasticity. Cortex. (Figure 7)
  • Walenski, M., Europa, E., Caplan, D., & Thompson, C. K. (2019). Neural networks for sentence comprehension and production: An ALE‐based meta‐analysis of neuroimaging studies. Human brain mapping, 40(8), 2275-2304. (Figure 3, part a)
  • Lukic, S., Meltzer-Asscher, A., Higgins, J., Parrish, T. B., & Thompson, C. K. (2019). Neurocognitive correlates of ambiguous verb processing: Single versus separate lexical entries. Brain and Language, 194, 65-76. (Figure 3)
  • Europa, E., Kiran, S., Gitelman, D., & Thompson, C.K. (2019). Neural connectivity for processing noncanonical sentences with syntactic movement. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 13, 1-15. (Figure 4)
  • Barbieri, E., Mack, J., Chiappetta, B., Europa, E., & Thompson, C.K. (2019). Recovery of offline and online sentence processing in aphasia: Language and domain-general network neuroplasticity. Cortex, 120, 394-418. (Figure 8)
  • Electroencephalogram (EEG) methods are used to study brain responses to various language tasks.
    Electroencephalogram (EEG) methods are used to study brain responses to various language tasks.
  • Walenski, Matthew, Barbieri, Elena, Chiappetta, Brianne, and Thompson, Cynthia K. (2018, October). Verb-argument integration in agrammatic aphasia: Evidence from event-related potentials. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience Conference Abstract: Academy of Aphasia 56th Annual Meeting.
  • October, 2019
    October, 2019
    The ANR lab hosted the International Brain & Syntax Think Tank meeting. Pictured are the invited speakers & program committee: S. Varlokosta, G. Baggio, M. Garragga, Y. Grodzinsky, C. Thompson, B. Bonakdarpour, R. Lewis, M. Nelson, R. Varley, M. Walenski, J. Mack, M. Yoshida, N. Kim. (left to right)
  • Collaboration with the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), September 2016
  • Dr. Thompson presented at the National Chinese Stroke Association meeting. Beijing, China – June 2018
  • Undergraduate student research. Pictured: Jiayi Lu and Dr. Thompson
  • Northwestern University Aphasia Center (click for more info)
    Northwestern University Aphasia Center (click for more info)

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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