Ph.D.,1997, Department of Psychology, State University of New York
Anyone who has used voice recognition software on their smartphone or GPS knows how poorly it works. Perceiving speech is difficult, extraordinarily difficult, yet even a 2-year-old can parse language with greater facility than a supercomputer. My research seeks to understand how and why.
More specifically, I am interested in how the brain recognizes and learns words from fluent speech, especially in the context of noise, and how this ability changes with development, particularly in the first two years of life. I also explore differences across groups of individuals, including not only typically-developing monolingual and bilingual children, but those with autism, word-finding difficulties, and those who have recently suffered a concussion.
Amritha Mallikarjun, Ph.D. expected, 2019
Brittany Jaekel, Ph.D. expected, 2019
Chris Heffner, Ph.D. expected, 2017
Melissa Stockbridge, Ph.D. expected, 2017
Giovanna Morini, Ph.D. 2014, University of Delaware
Cathy Eaton, Ph.D. 2014, Rockhurst University