Jennifer E. Mack

Jennifer Mack conducts research as part of the Aphasia and Neurolinguistics Research Laboratory, Center for the Neurobiology of Language Recovery. Her research focuses on word and sentence processing in adults with aphasia resulting from stroke or neurodegenerative disease (primary progressive aphasia), as well as unimpaired adults. One line of research uses eye tracking and other behavioral methods to gain a better understanding of the processes supporting language comprehension and production, as well as how language treatment in adults with aphasia changes these processes. A second line of research uses fMRI to investigate the brain systems involved in language processing and how these systems change as a result of language treatment.      


PhD Linguistics, Yale University
MA Linguistics, Yale University
BA Linguistics, Rice University

Selected Recent Publications

Mack, J. E., Wei, A. Z., Gutierrez, S., & Thompson, C. K. (2016). Tracking sentence comprehension: Test-retest reliability in people with aphasia and unimpaired adults. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 40, 98-111.

Cho-Reyes, S., Mack, J. E., & Thompson, C. K. (2016). Grammatical encoding and learning in agrammatic aphasia: Evidence from structural priming. Journal of Memory and Language. DOI:10.1016/j.jml.2016.02.004

Mack, J. E., Chandler, S. D., Meltzer-Asscher, A., Rogalski, E., Weintraub, S., Mesulam, M. M., & Thompson, C. K. (2015). What do pauses reveal about the nature of word retrieval deficits in PPA? Neuropsychologia, 77, 211-222.

Meltzer-Asscher, A., Mack, J. E., Barbieri, E., & Thompson, C. K. (2015). How the brain processes argument structure complexity: Evidence from fMRI. Brain and Language, 142, 65-75.

Thompson, C. K. & Mack, J. E. (2014). Grammatical impairments in PPA. Aphasiology, 28 (8-9), 1018-1037.

Mack, J. E., Cho-Reyes, S., Kloet, J. D., Weintraub, S., Mesulam, M. M., & Thompson, C. K. (2013). Phonological facilitation of object naming in agrammatic and logopenic primary progressive aphasia (PPA). Cognitive Neuropsychology, 30, 172-193.

Mack, J. E., Ji, W., & Thompson, C. K. (2013). Effects of verb meaning on lexical integration in agrammatic aphasia: Evidence from eyetracking. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 26, 619-636.

Mack, J. E., Meltzer-Asscher, A., Barbieri, E., & Thompson, C. K. (2013). Neural correlates of processing passive sentences.  Brain Sciences, 3, 1198-1214.

Mack, J. E., Clifton, C., Frazier, L., & Taylor, P. V. (2012). (Not) hearing optional subjects: The effects of pragmatic usage preferences. Journal of Memory and Language, 67, 211-223.

Meyer, A. M., Mack, J. E., & Thompson, C. K. (2012). Tracking passive sentence comprehension in agrammatic aphasia. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 25, 31-43.

Jennifer E. Mack

Research Assistant Professor


Communication Sciences and Disorders


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