Congrats to Xin Xie for successfully defending a monster of a dissertation (nine experiments, folks) titled “Phonetic Adaptation to Foreign Accented Speech.”
We are delighted to announce that Sayako Earle has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (better known as an NRSA) from the NIH/NIDCD.
Congrats to Sayako, who successfully defended her plans for a dissertation tackling the role of sleep in speech sound learning across typical and disordered populations.
Xin Xie has published some of her work on talker identification in JASA. She’s shown that musical experience (and associated non-linguistic abilities in pitch processing) show a strong relationship to non-native talker identification. Online at JASA.
We’ve got a new paper out in JASA reporting on the conditions that are required for learners to generalize learning of a non-native contrast from a trained talker to a novel talker (spoiler alert: sleep matters).
- Earle, F.S., & Myers, E.B. (2014). Overnight consolidation promotes generalization across talkers in the identification of nonnative speech sounds. JASA-EL (Vol.137, No.1). DOI: 10.1121/1.4903918
Construction of the new MRI center is in full-swing. Today we saw for the first time the results of all of the banging and drilling we’ve been hearing through the walls. This is the view from immediately outside our lab door–the area behind Jen and I will house a series of behavioral testing labs, a mock scanner, an ERP setup, and a waiting room. Around the corner will be the scanner itself.
Participants and visitors–never fear–the hallway looks a mess, but we are still open for business during the construction!
Sayako and Emily have published a review of the role of sleep in phonetic learning–something we’re very interested in these days.!