Bonnie Breining, Ph.D.

Bonnie Breining is a post-doctoral fellow. She received a B.A. in Cognitive Sciences and Psychology from Rice University, an MSc. in Cognitive Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of London, and a Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from Johns Hopkins University. Her doctoral work investigated how semantic and segmental similarity between items being trained together affects learning outcomes in individuals with acquired dysgraphia as well as neurotypical adults.


Her research focuses on better understanding the cognitive mechanisms underlying written and spoken language and their neural correlates, and on applying this work to improving diagnosis and treatment of aphasia due to stroke and neurodegenerative diseases. Currently, she is involved in investigating the effects of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) in conjunction with speech and language therapy for individuals with aphasia in the acute/subacute post-stroke period.


Stockbridge, M. D., Walker, A., Matchin, W., Breining, B. L., Fridriksson, J., Hillis, A. E., & Hickok, G. (2020). A double dissociation between plural and possessive “s”: Evidence from the Morphosyntactic Generation test. Cognitive Neuropsychology, 1-8.
Sheppard, S. M., Keator, L. M., Breining, B. L., Wright, A. E., Saxena, S., Tippett, D. C., & Hillis, A. E. (2020). Right hemisphere ventral stream for emotional prosody identification: Evidence from acute stroke. Neurology, 94(10), e1013-e1020.
Breining, B. L., & Sebastian, R. (2020). Neuromodulation in Post-stroke Aphasia Treatment. Current Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports, 1-13.
Meier, E. L., Breining, B. L., Sheppard, S. M., Goldberg, E. B., Faria, A. V., & Hillis, A. E. (2019, October). Comparison of Qualitative and Quantitative Measures of Leukoaraiosis in Primary Progressive Aphasia. In ANNALS OF NEUROLOGY (Vol. 86, pp. S155-S155). 111 RIVER ST, HOBOKEN 07030-5774, NJ USA: WILEY.
Kim, K., Adams, L., Keator, L. M., Sheppard, S. M., Breining, B. L., Rorden, C., ... & Hickok, G. (2019). Neural processing critical for distinguishing between speech sounds. Brain and language, 197, 104677.
Breining, B. L., Nozari, N., & Rapp, B. (2019). Learning in complex, multi-component cognitive systems: Different learning challenges within the same system. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 45(6), 1093.
Breining, B. L., & Rapp, B. (2019). Investigating the mechanisms of written word production: insights from the written blocked cyclic naming paradigm. Reading and writing, 32(1), 65-94.
Hillis, A. E., Beh, Y. Y., Sebastian, R., Breining, B. L., Tippett, D. C., Wright, A., ... & Yourganov, G. (2018). Predicting recovery in acute poststroke aphasia. Annals of neurology, 83(3), 612-622.
Nozari, N., Freund, M., Breining, B. L., Rapp, B., & Gordon, B. (2016). Cognitive control during selection and repair in word production. Language, cognition and neuroscience, 31(7), 886-903.
Breining, B. L., Nozari, N., & Rapp, B. (2016). Does segmental overlap help or hurt? Evidence from blocked cyclic naming in spoken and written production. Psychonomic bulletin & review, 23(2), 500-506.
Breining, B. L., Lala, T., Martínez Cuitiño, M., Manes, F., Peristeri, E., Tsapkini, K., ... & Hillis, A. E. (2015). A brief assessment of object semantics in primary progressive aphasia. Aphasiology, 29(4), 488-505.