Lab members are noted in bold


Brennan, J. R., (Forthcoming). Hemodynamic methods (invited chapter for The Oxford Handbook of Experimental Syntax)

Pylkkänen, L. & Brennan, J. R. (Forthcoming). The Neurobiology of Syntactic and Semantic Structure Building (invited chapter for The Cognitive Neurosciences, 6th ed.) [preprint]


Weissler, R. E. & Brennan, J. R. (2020). How do listeners form grammatical expectations to African American Language?. University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics. 25(2) [link]


Brennan, J. R. & Martin, A. E. (2019). Phase synchronization varies systematically with linguistic structure composition. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 375. [link]

Hale, J. T., Kuncoro, A., Hall, K. B., Dyer, C., & Brennan, J. R., (2019). Text Genre and Training Data Size in Human-Like Parsing. Proceedings of Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing. [preprint]

Brennan, J. R., & Hale, J. T. (2019). Hierarchical structure guides rapid linguistic predictions during naturalistic listening. PLoS ONE 14(1): e0207741 [linkraw data & stimuli]


Brennan, J. R., Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Bowyer, S., Kovelman, I., & Hale, J. T. (2018). Predictive sentence comprehension during story-listening in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Language, Cognition & Neuroscience, 34(4): 428-439. [link]

Brennan, J. R., (2018). Mapping meanings. Trends in Neurosciences, 41(11): 770-772 [link]

Bhattasali, S., Fabre, M., Luh, W.-M., Al Saied, H., Constant, M., Pallier, C., Brennan, J. R., & Hale, J. T. (2018). Localising memory retrieval and syntactic composition: an fMRI study of naturalistic language comprehension. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience, 34(4): 491-510. [link]

Wei, H., Boland, J. E., Brennan, J., Yuan, F., Wang, M., & Zhang, C. (2018). Lexicalized structural priming in second language online sentence comprehension. Second Language Research, 34(3): 395-416 [link]

Hale, J., Dyer, C., Kuncoro, A., & Brennan, J. R. (2018). Finding syntax in human encephalography with beam search. Proceedings of the Association for Computational Linguistics.
[link] [raw data & stimuli] 🏆 Best Paper Award

Lajiness-O’Neill, R., Brennan, J., Flores, A., Swick, C., Goodcase, R., Anderson, T., McFarlane, K., Rusiniak, K., Kovelman, I., Wagley, N., Ugolini, M., Richard, A. E. Albright, J., Moran, J. E., & Bowyer, S. M. (2018). Patterns of Altered Neural Synchrony in the Default Mode Network in Autism Spectrum Disorder Revealed with Magnetoencephalography (MEG): Relationship to Clinical Symptomatology. Autism Research, 11: 434-449 [link]

Bhattasali, S., Hale, J.T., Pallier, C., Brennan, J.R., Luh, W.-M., & Spreng, R.N. (2018). Differentiating Phrase Structure Parsing and Memory Retrieval in the Brain. Proceedings of the Society for Computation in Linguistics. [link]


Brennan, J. R. & Pylkkänen, L (2017) MEG evidence for incremental sentence composition in the anterior temporal lobe. Cognitive Science, 41(S6): 1515-1531 [link]



Li, J., Hale, J. T., Mahar, A.,& Brennan, J. R. (2016). Temporal Lobes as Combinatory Engines for both Form and Meaning. Workshop on Computational Linguistics for Linguistic Complexity (CL4LC), COLING2016. [Proceedings PDF]

Brennan, J., Wagley, N., Kovelman, I., Bowyer, S. M., Richard, A. E., and Lajiness-O’Neill, R., (2016). MEG reveals atypical sensitivity to linguistic sound sequences in Autism Spectrum Disorder. NeuroReport, 27(13): 982-986 [link]

Brennan, J. (2016). Naturalistic sentence comprehension in the brain. Language and Linguistics Compass, 10(7): 299–313 [link]

Brennan, J., Stabler, E. P. Jr., Van Wagenen, S. E., Luh, W.-M., & Hale, J. (2016). Abstract Linguistic Structure Correlates with Temporal Activity during Naturalistic Comprehension. Brain and Language, 157-158: 81-84.  [link] [stimulus & data]

Levinson, L. & Brennan, J. (2016). Silent causativity in verbs: Behavioral and neural correlates. Morphological Metatheory eds. D. Siddiqi and H. Harley, pp. 163-198. John Benjamins [link]


Hale, J. T., Lutz, D., Luh, W.-M., & Brennan, J. (2015). Modeling fMRI time courses with linguistic structure at various grain sizes. Proceedings of the 6th Workshop on Cognitive Modeling and Computational Linguistics, pp. 89–97 [PDF]

Kovelman, I, Wagley, N., Hay, J. S. F., Ugolini, M., Bowyer, S., Lajiness-O’Neill, R., & Brennan, J. (2015) Multi-modal imaging of temporal processing in typical and atypical language development. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1337: 7–15 [link]

Brennan, J. (2015) Neurolinguistic processing of psychological verbs. in Wright, J. D. (Ed.) International Encyclopedia of Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2nd ed. [link]


VanWagenen, S., Brennan, J., and Stabler, E. P. (2014) Quantifying parsing complexity as a function of grammar complexity. In Stockall, L., and Shutze, C. (Eds.) UCLA Working Papers in Linguistics, no. 18, Connectedness: A Festshrift for Sarah VanWagenen [link]

Brennan, J., Lignos, Constantine, Embick, D. & Roberts, T. P. L. (2014). Spectro-temporal correlates of lexical access during auditory lexical decision. Brain & Language. 133:39–46.