A great event this Monday!

Please join us for the Bilingual Mind, Brian & Child Development symposium at UT Austin on May 9th.


Bilingual Mind, Brain & Child Development Symposium


Room 2.106

300 W. Dean Keeton Street

Austin, TX – 78712


Monday May 9


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome address by Dr. James Booth, Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, UT Austin


9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Dr. Ellen Bialystok, York University

“Bilingualism and attention: What’s the connection?”

Introduction by Dr. Ioulia Kovelman, University of Michigan, Harrington Fellow


10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Coffee Break


10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Dr. Karen Emmorey, San Diego State University

“Psycholinguistic, cognitive, and neural implications of bimodal bilingualism”

Introduction by Dr. Richard Meier, Chair of the Linguistics Department, UT Austin


11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Lunch break 


1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Dr. Claude Goldenberg, Stanford University

“Reviving an American Tradition: Bilingual Education”

Introduction by Dr. Rebecca Callahan, Associate Professor of Bilingual-Bicultural

Program, School of Education, UT Austin


2:00 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. General Discussion with speakers and Drs. Bharath Chandrasekaran, Li Sheng, Ioulia Kovelman


3:10 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Closing address by Dr. Lisa Bedore, Communication & Sciences Department, UT Austin


We gratefully acknowledge support from the Don and Sybil Harrington Foundation and the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, UT Austin


Cindy Blanco successfully defended her dissertation titled “Cross-language speech perception in context: Advantages for recent language-learners and variation across language-specific acoustic cues.” She is heading to Northwestern to be a postdoc in Sandie Waxman’s lab. Congratulations, Dr. Blanco!!

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Here are some highlights from the poster session where our lab was well represented.  Maria Gavino Rodriguez and Niki Garcia-Holmes presented “Effects of Different Types of Noise on Foreign Accent Adaptation.”Michelle Dubois and Irene Smith presented “The effect of speaking style adaptations on speech perception in noise by native and non-native listeners.” Thanks for working so hard to present our work to the UT community!

Outside of the lab!

I have the best students and we also have the most fun lab kiddos!





Michelle has been working in the lab for two years and has made extensive contributions to our many projects. She is graduating with a degree in Linguistics and Portuguese, with a concentration in Spanish. She also works as a nurse in at St. David’s Medical Center in post-anesthesia care. And she volunteers in an English as a Second Language program. Basically, she kicks ass!  We are so proud of all of her accomplishments! We will miss you!

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We got great feedback on our projects: Acoustic detail in monolingual and bilingual children’s representations of English and SpanishThe effect of informational and energetic masking on foreign-accent adaptation, and Effects of speaking style and context on online word recognition in adverse listening conditions. Well done Elisa and Cindy!!

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Communication Sciences and Disorders Seminar Series

Fall 2015


Speech on the Brain – The Neurobiology of Speech Perception

Sophie K. Scott, Ph.D

Speech Communication Laboratory

UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience

Friday October 23, 2015, 2:00pm

BMC 5.102

In this talk I will try to outline how the proposed streams of anatomical and functional processing in primate auditory cortex may be relevant for understanding the neurobiology of human speech perception. I will address the distinct involvement of rostral/caudal streams in the perception of speech and the control of speech production, and I will address how this interacts with hemispheric asymmetries in speech processing.



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