We examine the neurobiological computations that underlie speech perception and learning, using an interdisciplinary, computational, and lifespan approach.
From a clinical perspective, we hope to develop a richer understanding of the neurocognitive sources of individual differences in speech processing. We aim to develop optimized and neurobiologically-informed auditory training approaches for second language learning, learning impairments, and auditory processing deficits.
Using cognitive neuroscience approaches (fMRI, DTI, cortical and subcortical EEG and computational modeling), we focus on:
- Understanding brain dynamics during speech perception in challenging listening environments
- Understanding the functional dynamics of neural circuitry underlying speech categorization.
We are associated with the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, the Department of Psychology, and the Department of Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin. We are affiliated with the Institute for Neuroscience, the Imaging Research Center, and the Institute for Mental Health Research programs.
The Moody College of Communication recently highlighted our research in the feature Training the Brain.