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  Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology
University of Michigan

414 Lorch Hall
611 Tappan St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

jobrenn at umich dot edu
ph. (734) 764-8692
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I study the mental structures and computations used to understand words and sentences, with a focus on how these processes are implemented in the brain. My research uses formal, computationally grounded models of language comprehension to investigate the neural correlates of basic cognitive computations such as lexical access, syntax, and semantics with electroencephalography (EEG), magnetoencephalography (MEG) and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

I have a particular interest in experimental methods that are as natural as possible, such as having participants read or listen to a story, to focus on sentence processing as it occurs during every-day language use. Naturalistic techniques are especially suitable for the investigation of language comprehension in populations for which standard experimental tasks may be inappropriate, such as with children with developmental disorders.


Recent News

  • First paper on phonotactic processing and ASD This paper has a lot of firsts for us (children! ASD! speech comprehension!) It's the first of several with co-authors Renee Lajiness-O'Neill, Ioulia Kovleman, and Susan ...
    Posted Aug 10, 2016, 4:48 AM by Jon Brennan
  • New review paper on naturalistic sentence comprehension Brennan, J. (2016). Naturalistic sentence comprehension in the brain. Language and Linguistics Compass, 10(7): 299–313 doi: 10.1111/lnc3.12198Check out the lab news feed for details
    Posted Aug 9, 2016, 11:38 AM by Jon Brennan
  • New paper with Lisa Levinson on processing null morphology Lisa Levinson and I have a new paper in a volume of Morphology papers edited by Daniel Siddiqi and Heidi Harley. This paper looks at the processing of verbs that ...
    Posted Jul 10, 2016, 9:33 AM by Jon Brennan
  • Data sharing: Story-listening and fMRI We are sharing the ROI data and stimuli from Brennan et al., 2016 Brain Lang.Check out the details on the lab news feed!Teaser: A plot of the ROI ...
    Posted Jun 20, 2016, 12:31 PM by Jon Brennan
  • New paper comparing grammar and parsing models with fMRI data We (me, Ed Stabler, John Hale et al.) have a new paper in Brain and Language in which we compare various grammatical models (Markov, context-free, minimalist) in terms of ...
    Posted May 19, 2016, 7:17 AM by Jon Brennan
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