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Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory

Aphasia and Neurolinguistic Research Laboratory

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Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory

Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery

Studies of Language and the Brain

Supported by the NIH-R01 DC001948, R01 DC008552, P50 DC012283
Frances Searle Building
2240 Campus Drive, Room 3-380
Evanston, IL 60208
Phone: 847-467-7591
Fax: 847-467-7377
EEG Room 3-337


Principal Investigator

Cynthia K. Thompson, Ph.D.
Ralph and Jean Sundin Professor
Frances Searle Building
2240 Campus Drive, Room 3-363
Evanston, IL 60208-2952
Phone: 847-491-2421
Fax: 847-467-7377

Research in the Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory examines language processing (primarily verb and sentence processing) in cognitively healthy volunteers and individuals with stroke-induced and primary progressive aphasia (PPA). Studies map the neural mechanisms of language processing using advanced neuroimaging techniques, and processing routines engaged for normal sentence processing using eyetracking paradigms. Studies 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, directed by Dr. Thompson.


Chicago Health: Recovering from Stroke
Dr. Thompson named guest editor of “Neuroplasticity of Language Networks” with CNLR PIs
Summer 2016 Newsletter
Northwestern Naming Battery (NNB) diagnostic test is now available for purchase
NU Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory noted among top resources on speech-language disorders
Dr. Thompson’s Research Featured in ASHA Leader
ARC visits NU for “After Words” Event
Finding the Right Words: New center will help people with aphasia regain language functionality
New Therapies to Help Stroke Survivors Recover Language Years After Injury
Special Event: “After Words” screening at Northwestern University this summer
Learning to Speak Again
Chicago Tribune coverage of NIH grant for ANR Lab
$12 Million for a Center on Research for Aphasia
Northwestern snags $12 Million Federal Grant
Dr. Thompson speaks at AAAS meeting on “Teaching the Brain to Speak Again”
Scientists discuss the brain and language on PBS show, NOVA ScienceNow: What Makes us Human?
After injury, brain can keep on healing
“Aphasia” the movie educates audiences


Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery (CNLR)
Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center
Department of Linguistics
Cognitive Neuroscience
Northwestern University Institute for Neuroscience (NUIN)
The Center for Computational Language and Education Research (CLEAR)
Academy of Aphasia
National Aphasia Association