University of Wisconsin–Madison
Brain, Language, & Acoustic Behavior Laboratory


Caroline Niziolek

Principal Investigator

How does what we hear affect what we say? My research combines neuroimaging and acoustic measures in an attempt to characterize speech feedback processing and what purpose it serves in communication. The overarching hypothesis that frames my work is that communicative intent defines the brain’s motor plans for speech goals.

Sarah Bakst

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Carissa Ernat

Graduate Research Assistant

I am a second year Master’s Student studying Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I am interested in acquired neurogenics, such as aphasia, and learning the most effective and functional ways to provide therapy for that population. This lab helps connect my clinical knowledge with extremely interesting research about the role of the brain in motor planning and speech production.

Elisa Ou

Graduate Research Assistant/Programmer

Jordyn Salm

Research Assistant



Ben Parrell, UW–Madison, Speech Motor Action + Control Lab
Swathi Kiran, Boston University, Aphasia Research Laboratory
Sara Beach, MIT, Gabrieli Lab
John Houde, UCSF, Speech Neuroscience Laboratory
Zarinah Agnew, UCSF, Speech Neuroscience Laboratory
Srikantan Nagarajan, UCSF, Biomagnetic Imaging Lab
Edward Chang, UCSF, Chang Lab
Clara Martin, BCBL, Speech and Bilingualism

Lab Alumni

Danielle Revai

Graduate Research Assistant