Aneta Kielar, PhD

Assistant Professor


  • SLHS 362 - Neurobiology of Language
  • SLHS 568 - Speech Perception


Aneta Kielar, PhD, is the director of the Language and Neuroimaging Research Laboratory. Her research explores neural correlates of language processing. She uses a combination of cognitive measures, structural and functional neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, EEG/ERPs, and MEG) to understand how neural dynamics are impacted by stroke, neurodegenerative disorders and aging. Dr. Kielar is interested in recovery of function, and treatment approaches involving speech-language therapy in combination with noni nvasive brain stimulation techniques, such as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS).

Areas of Study:

  • Effect of stroke on semantic and syntactic aspects of language
  • Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA) and the language system
  • Changes in cognitive and language processing associated with aging
  • Electrophysiological and structural indicators of cortical function and relationship to language ability

Selected Publications:

Kielar, A., Deschamps, T., Jokel, R., and Meltzer, J. A. (2016).Functional reorganization of language networks for semantics and syntax in chronic stroke: Evidence from MEG. Human Brain Mapping, 37(8), 2869-2893. doi: 10.1002/hbm.23212.

Jokel, R., Kielar, A., Anderson, N.D., Black, S.E., Rochon, E., Friedman, M., Tang-Wai, D., & Graham, S. (2016). Behavioral and neuroimaging changes after naming therapy for semantic variant PPA. Neuropsychologia, 89, 191-216. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2016.06.009

Kielar, A., Jokel, R., Chu, R. K.O., Deschamps, T., Panamsky, L., Chen, J. J., Khatamian, Y. B., Meltzer, J. A. (2016). Identifying Dysfunctional Cortex: Dissociable Effects of Stroke and Aging on Resting State Dynamics in MEG and fMRI. Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, 8, 1-22.

Kielar, A., Panamsky, L., & Meltzer, J. A. (2015). Localization of electrophysiological responses to semantic and syntactic anomalies in language comprehension with MEG. NeuroImage, 105, 507-524.

Kielar, A., Meltzer, J. A., Moreno, Alain, C., & Bialystok, E. (2014). Oscillatory responses to semantic and syntactic violations. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26, 2840-2862.

Kielar, A., Meltzer-Assher, A., & Thompson, C. K. (2012). Electrophysiological responses to argument structure violations in healthy adults and individuals with agrammatic aphasia. Neuropsychologia, 50(14), 3320-3337.

Kielar, A., & Joanisse, M. F. (2011). The role of semantic and phonological factors in word recognition: An ERP cross-modal priming study of derivational morphology. Neuropsychologia, 49(2), 161-177.

Kielar, A., Fix, S. C., Bonakdarpour, B., & Thompson, C.K. (2010). Neural correlates of covert and overt production of tense and agreement morphology: Evidence from fMRI. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 24(2), 183-201.

Kielar, A., & Joanisse, M. F. (2010). Graded effects of regularity in language revealed by N400 indices of morphological priming. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 22(7), 1373-1398.

Kielar, A., Joanisse, M. F., & Hare, M. L. (2008). Priming English past tense verbs: Rules or statistics? Journal of Memory and Language, 58(2), 327-346.