NZILBB Seminar with Jonathan Peelle

20 November 2017

Listening effort: How the cognitive consequences of acoustic challenge are reflected in brain and behavior.

Jonathan Peelle from the Department of Otolaryngology, Washington University in Saint Louis gives the next NZILBB seminar.

How does hearing impairment affect the way our brains process speech? I will review data from behavioral and brain imaging studies that speak to the added cognitive demands associated with acoustic challenge. Evidence from multiple sources is consistent with a shared resource framework of speech comprehension in which domain-general cognitive processes supported by discrete regions of frontal cortex are required for both auditory and linguistic processing. The specific patterns of neural activity depend on the difficulty of the speech being heard, as well as the hearing and cognitive ability of the listeners. Although frequently studied in the context of adult aging, these principles have broader implications for our understanding of how auditory and cognitive factors interact during spoken language comprehension.

Event details

  • Friday 08 December, 1pm - 2pm
  • Locke 104a

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