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.


Welcome back!

Here are my awesome, hard-working, smart and accomplished labbies! Welcome to our new members: Sandie, Irene, Niki and Maria. Welcome back Cindy, Elisa, Kirsten and Michelle! These women make my job fun!! IMG_4512 (2) IMG_4527 (2)

The Editor and Associate Editors of the Hearing section of the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research have selected our article, “Enhancing Speech Intelligibility: Interactions Among Context, Modality, Speech Style, and Masker,” as the winner of the 2014 Editor’s Award. This is a wonderful recognition of everyone’s hard work!

Van Engen, Kristin, Jasmine Phelps, Rajka Smiljanic and Bharath Chandrasekaran (2014). Sentence intelligibility in N-talker babble: effects of context, modality, and speaking style. Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, Vol. 57, 1908-1918. doi:10.1044/JSLHR-H-13-0076

You can find the paper at: http://jslhr.pubs.asha.org/article.aspx?articleid=1850666&resultClick=3

Our lab alumni, Niamh Kelly, will be starting a postdoc this fall at the University of Graz working with Prof. Ineke Mennen. She will be working on second language acquisition of segmental and suprasegmental features. Congrats, Niamh! Well deserved!

Congratulations to Cindy Blanco for receiving the prestigious Dissertation Fellowship for 2015-2016 from the American Association of University Women (AAUW). Her dissertation project explores acoustic detail in monolingual and bilingual listsners’ representations of English and Spanish.

I am very proud of our undergraduate research assistants and their newest accomplishments!! Lauren Franklin is starting the Linguistics program at Brown, Maddie Oakley is going to Linguistics at Georgetown, Emily Tagtow is joining the masters program for language technologies at Carnegie Melon, and Gaby Cook is joining the Communication Disorders graduate program at Texas State University! Well done and well deserved!


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