Face masks and speech perception

Our poster, “Effects of face masks and speaking style on audio-visual speech perception and memory,” will be presented at the ASA meeting: Acoustics Virtually Everywhere as part of an interdisciplinary session on acoustics in the COVID-19 pandemic.


Wrapping up a unique semester

Spring 2020 was uniquely challenging and nothing like what we had imagined due to the pandemic. Fortunately, everyone in our lab was mostly healthy. Our regular Zoom meetings allowed us to maintain discussions about science and research moving forward, but most importantly lifted everyones’ spirit and strengthened our group during these challenging times. We obviously went all out to remotely celebrate in Zoom the conclusion of a semester like no other. Featuring wall decor made by Marlo, silly hats, and a song written and interpreted by Sarah Ransom-Laud. Congrats to the four lab members who are graduating this semester (who were with us for several years and will be greatly missed): Frida Ballard, Gabby Shaddock, Riley Prudent and (Dr.!) Sandie Keerstock. And congrats to everyone for holding on!

Congratulations, Dr. Keerstock!

Sandie successfully defended her dissertation: “Memory for speech of varying intelligibility: Effects of the perception and production of clear speech on recall and recognition memory for native and non-native listeners and talkers” (see the video of her presentation below). Congratulations, Dr. Keerstock!

New publication!

Alcorn, S., Meemann, K., Clopper, C., & Smiljanic, R. (2020). “Acoustic cues and linguistic experience as factors in regional dialect classification.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, Special Issue “The Southern United States: Social Factors and Language Variation.” https://doi.org/10.1121/10.0000551