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
fx. (734) 936-3406

(Updated June 16th, 2014)

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

  • Winter 2015 Teaching This semester I am teaching LING497, a capstone seminar on the Neuroscience of Language with a special focus on the role neuroscience tools are beginning to play in developing linguistic ...
    Posted Jan 6, 2015, 8:46 AM by Jon Brennan
  • New paper on time-frequency correlates of lexical access A new paper, written with Constantine Lignos, Dave Embick and Tim Roberts, describes the first in a series of projects conducted at CHOP testing for correlates of early lexical processing ...
    Posted Apr 8, 2014, 6:51 AM by Jon Brennan
  • Spring 2014 Teaching For those who had trouble getting in to the class this term, I'll be offering Talking Minds (LING347/PSYC349) again in the upcoming spring term.
    Posted Mar 22, 2014, 7:50 AM by Jon Brennan
  • Winter 2014 Teaching In the winter term I will be teaching Talking Minds (LING347, PSYCH 349). This course covers a broad range of issues surrounding how we comprehend and produce language in both ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2013, 7:43 PM by Jon Brennan
  • Fall 2013 Teaching I will be teaching Introduction to Linguistic Analysis (LING210) in the fall term. The course description follows: Languages are rule-governed systems. The rules that interest linguists are not prescriptive ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2013, 7:41 PM by Jon Brennan
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