How does what we hear affect what we say? My research combines neuroimaging and acoustic measures in an attempt to characterize speech feedback processing and what purpose it serves in communication. The overarching hypothesis that frames my work is that communicative intent defines the brain’s motor plans for speech goals.
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Typical speakers with normal hearing are able to detect even small, subphonemic variations in their own speech. In healthy speakers producing their native language, auditory feedback thus plays an important role in detecting errors during speech production. The aim of my research is to understand the role of auditory feedback in populations where the representation of auditory targets is abnormal, whether because phonetic categories are new, as in second language acquisition, or because incoming acoustic information is degraded, as when filtered through a cochlear implant.
I am an undergraduate senior studying Neurobiology and Computer Science at UW-Madison. Through my involvement with the lab, I am building an understanding of how the brain produces and interprets speech. I hope to use this to inform my interests in natural language processing.
Ben Parrell, UW–Madison, Speech Motor Action + Control Lab
Swathi Kiran, Boston University, Aphasia Research Laboratory
Sara Beach, MIT, Gabrieli Lab
John Houde, UCSF, Speech Neuroscience Laboratory
Zarinah Agnew, UCSF, Speech Neuroscience Laboratory
Srikantan Nagarajan, UCSF, Biomagnetic Imaging Lab
Edward Chang, UCSF, Chang Lab
Tara McAllister, NYU, Biofeedback Intervention Technology for Speech Lab
Clara Martin, BCBL, Speech and Bilingualism