Investigators and Laboratories Available to Clinical+Research Externship Students
This lab studies the development of short-term/working memory and characterizes the relationship between memory impairments and atypical language development, especially for children with Delayed Language Development and children with hearing loss.
Research focuses on quantifying the aspects of perception, cognition, and linguistic knowledge that limit speech recognition in listeners with cochlear implants.
Work in this laboratory focuses on understanding the factors that influence the perception of complex sounds, including speech, by patients with cochlear implants.
The work in this laboratory is concerned with the study of vestibular disorders, including their diagnosis and treatment.
The Brain, Executive Function and Attention Research (B.E.A.R.) Lab is interested in understanding how babies, toddlers, and young children learn about the world around them. One of our goals is to understand how children’s brains process the information in the world around them and what individual factors might lead to different developmental trajectories and long-term outcomes. To explore these questions, we utilize methods such as functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), eye-tracking, clinical, and behavioral measures of executive functioning and attention. Currently, we are exploring the relationship between early developing attentional processing and executive functioning in toddlers, risk for ADHD in toddlers, and the relationship between functional connectivity and ocular-motor control and behavior in children ages 2 to 7 years old.
Research in this lab focuses on development of the perceptual and linguistic mechanisms underlying adults and children’s ability to use visual speech to compensate for noisy listening environments. Current research is also examining the effects of hearing aid compression on the temporal characteristics of audiovisual speech.
This lab studies how genetics and environment affect language and literacy development. Understanding how these skills develop can lead to early identification and intervention methods for children at risk of communication disorders.
This research lab studies the development of auditory behavior in children with normal hearing and children with hearing loss, with a focus on understanding how infants and children hear and process target sounds in the presence of competing background sounds.
This research program is concerned with enhancing speech and language outcomes in children with hearing loss by improving audibility based predictions of speech recognition.
Research in this laboratory uses clinical audiological assessments combined with experimental measures to improve the understanding and diagnosis of various auditory pathologies, particularly those impacting children.
In our lab, we study how listeners perceive auditory space and the particular kinds of acoustic information they use to do so. We use large arrays of loudspeakers to simulate different listening situations and virtual-reality technology to study the impacts of vision and audition on spatial awareness by typical and hearing-impaired listeners, as well as the spatial functions of hearing aids. Brain imaging studies allow us to map the brain regions involved in processing that information, and computer simulations of brain networks help us understand how sounds are transformed by the brain, the ear, and listening devices.
This lab studies language and literacy acquisition in children with hearing loss, with a focus on sound-based skills that impact academic outcomes.