Research

Our lab investigates how the human brain represents sound, from simple sounds like clicks and tones to naturalistic sounds like speech and music. We examine how enriched and impoverished experiences with sound shape the brain and the connection between low-level auditory processes in the brain and higher-level abilities central to language and cognition.

To study the human brain, we combine behavioral, neuroelectric, and serological measures of auditory processing to examine variations in diverse populations, including musicians, bilinguals, reading-impaired populations, and populations at risk for noise-induced hearing loss.

Current  projects in the lab focus on a core set of topics:

  • Biological markers of noise exposure
  • The auditory benefits & hazards of musical training
  • Changes to the auditory system across the lifespan
  • The effect of bilingualism on the auditory system
  • The relationship between auditory processing, language & cognition in children and adults
  • Novel methods to study the auditory system and promote scientific outreach

Our work is supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Academy of Audiology, and the American Tinnitus Association. We also acknowledge previous support from the American Hearing Research Foundation and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation.