“An Auditory Illusion: Does how we speak determine how we hear?”


October 5th, 2015

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Photo by Michael D. Spencer

Inside Sargent profiled the work of CNRLab alumna Elizabeth Petitti, MS-SLP (SAR ’14), who conducted her master’s thesis research on how linguistic experience affects listeners’ bias for hearing the missing fundamental in harmonic complex tones. These results have implications for understanding how lifelong linguistic experiences affect basic auditory processing.

Read the Inside Sargent story:
http://www.bu.edu/sargent/about-us/our-publications/inside-sargent-2015/an-auditory-illusion/

Read the research study:
Petitti, E., & Perrachione, T.K. (2015). “A fundamental bias for residue pitch perception in tone language speakers. 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (Glasgow, August 2015).