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 March 7th, 2016)
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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

  • 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
  • CUNY 2016 and Hierarchical Structure during Naturalistic Comprehension It was great to catch up with the sentence processing community in Gainesville over the weekend!  It was especially stimulating to participate in a wonderful session of talks about sentence ...
    Posted Mar 21, 2016, 7:06 AM by Jon Brennan
  • Posters at SNL 2015 Lab members presented posters on subjected, sentence processing and Autism at the 2015 meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language. Check them out here! Teaser figures are shown ...
    Posted Oct 27, 2015, 7:58 AM by Jon Brennan
  • Workshop Paper: Parsing models and fMRI Presented at the the 6th Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics: Modeling fmri time courses with linguistic structure at various grain sizes. (with John T. Hale, David Lutz, Wen ...
    Posted Aug 11, 2015, 2:49 PM by Jon Brennan
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