Cynthia Thompson, Ph.D.

Communication Sciences and Disorders Northwestern University, Evanston, IL 
Aphasia, Neurolinguistics
"Cynthia Thompson"

Cynthia K. Thompson's research focuses on normal and disordered language and how language recovers in persons with brain damage. This work makes use of mutually supportive language representation (linguistic) and processing accounts of normal language to predict breakdown and recovery patterns. These patterns provide blueprints for clinical protocols and, in turn, address the utility of this translational approach for studying language disorders. The processing mechanisms that support recovery also are studied by tracking eye movements in sentence processing and production, and the neural correlates of recovery are examined using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI).

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Ellen Fitzmorris grad student 2012- Northwestern
Brianne M Chiappetta grad student 2017- Northwestern (Neurotree)
Kirrie J. Ballard grad student 1997 Northwestern
Mikyong Kim grad student 2001 Northwestern (Neurotree)
Swathi D. Kiran grad student 2001 Northwestern
Yasmeen Faroqi Shah grad student 2004 Northwestern (Neurotree)
Stephen C. Fix grad student 2005 Northwestern (Neurotree)
Naomi Hashimoto grad student 2006 Northwestern (Neurotree)
Jungwon J. Choy grad student 2011 Northwestern (Neurotree)
Jiyeon Lee grad student 2011 Northwestern (Neurotree)
Soojin Cho-Reyes grad student 2012 Northwestern (Neurotree)
Ellyn Riley grad student 2005-2012 Northwestern
Eduardo Europa grad student 2010-2017 Northwestern
Dirk B. Den Ouden post-doc Northwestern (LinguisTree)
Aaron M. Meyer post-doc 2008-2010 Northwestern (Neurotree)
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Billot A, Thiebaut de Schotten M, Parrish TB, et al. (2022) Structural disconnections associated with language impairments in chronic post-stroke aphasia using disconnectome maps. Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior. 155: 90-106
Walenski M, Chen Y, Litcofsky KA, et al. (2022) Perilesional Perfusion in Chronic Stroke-Induced Aphasia and Its Response to Behavioral Treatment Interventions. Neurobiology of Language (Cambridge, Mass.). 3: 345-363
Mesulam MM, Coventry CA, Bigio EH, et al. (2022) Neuropathological fingerprints of survival, atrophy and language in primary progressive aphasia. Brain : a Journal of Neurology
Billot A, Lai S, Varkanitsa M, et al. (2022) Multimodal Neural and Behavioral Data Predict Response to Rehabilitation in Chronic Poststroke Aphasia. Stroke. STROKEAHA121036749
Chiappetta B, Patel AD, Thompson CK. (2022) Musical and linguistic syntactic processing in agrammatic aphasia: An ERP study. Journal of Neurolinguistics. 62
Manouilidou C, Nerantzini M, Chiappetta BM, et al. (2021) What Language Disorders Reveal About the Mechanisms of Morphological Processing. Frontiers in Psychology. 12: 701802
Mesulam MM, Coventry CA, Rader BM, et al. (2021) Modularity and granularity across the language network-A primary progressive aphasia perspective. Cortex; a Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System and Behavior. 141: 482-496
Ditges R, Barbieri E, Thompson CK, et al. (2021) German Language Adaptation of the NAVS (NAVS-G) and of the NAT (NAT-G): Testing Grammar in Aphasia. Brain Sciences. 11
Iorga M, Higgins J, Caplan D, et al. (2021) Predicting language recovery in post-stroke aphasia using behavior and functional MRI. Scientific Reports. 11: 8419
Walenski M, Mack JE, Mesulam MM, et al. (2020) Thematic Integration Impairments in Primary Progressive Aphasia: Evidence From Eye-Tracking. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 14: 587594
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