When listening to speech in noise, listeners face a tremendous perceptual challenge. They must distinguish the voice of the speaker from background noise, rapidly map the sounds they hear onto lexical representations in memory, and parse the accent and speaking style of the talker. Although listening to speech in quiet settings may feel like it occurs instantly and effortlessly, listening to speech in noise typically requires deliberate allocation of cognitive resources, referred to as "listening effort." In this talk, Dr. Strand will describe her research on listening effort, with a focus on two questions: 1) What exactly are measures of listening effort measuring? and 2) How does seeing the face of the talker affect listening effort?
Dr. Julia Strand is an assistant (but just approved to be associate!) professor of psychology at Carleton College. She holds a B.A. in psychology and English from Tufts University, an M.A. and PhD. from Washington University in St. Louis. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Laboratory of Sensory Neuroscience and Neuroengineering, Department of Biomedical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Julia's research on spoken word recognition investigates addresses the underpinnings of audiovisual integration (i.e., combining information about talking faces with what we hear), the influence of expectations and contextual information on spoken word recognition, the role of individual difference factors in spoken word recognition abilities, and the cognitive effort necessary to understand speech. She recently received a National Institute of Health grant to pursue research on listening effort associated with audiovisual speech. She is also keenly interested in open science, measurement, and research transparency.
Event will be held in KARP 105. Lunch and refreshments will be served.