Category: Lab Members

Presenting Dr. Terri Scott!

March 16th, 2020

CNRLab doctoral student Terri Scott successfully defended her dissertation, “Neural bases of phonological working memory” to a well-separated crowd of 5 (and a virtual crowd of 50) on Monday. Congratulations, Dr. Scott!

The language-familiarity effect

June 14th, 2019

Did you know it's harder to recognize someone by the sound of their voice if they are speaking a foreign language?

In the new issue of The Nerve, the undergraduate journal published by the BU Mind and Brain Society, CNRLab undergraduate Michelle Njoroge writes about her research on the language-familiarity effect in talker identification.

Read Michelle's article.

Explore our research publications on the language-familiarity effect.

Mapping clinical tests of language and working memory at SNL 2018

August 15th, 2018

Terri Scott, CNRLab member and PhD candidate in Neuroscience, presented her new research on the brain bases of nonword repetition - an important clinical assessment of language skills - at the recent meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language in Quebec City. Terri discovered that the parts of the brain responsible for nonword repetition are also recruited for both language processing and working memory.

Scott, T.L., Dougherty, S.C., Choi, J.Y. & Perrachione, T.K. (2018). “Nonword repetition recruits distinct and overlapping nodes of language and working memory networks.10th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language (Quebec City, August 2018).

Congratulations to our 2017 CNRLab graduates!

May 21st, 2017

Congratulations to the newest CNRLab graduates! They’ve accomplished amazing things in the lab and here at BU, and they’re all off to great things next!

  • Cheng (Cissy) Cheng, MS-SLP
    Thesis: “Can visual feedback improve English speakers' Mandarin tone production?”
  • Sara Dougherty, MEd; Developmental Studies: Literacy & Language Education
  • Jennifer Golditch, MS-SLP
  • Dana Gordon, BS; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • Laura Haenchen, MS-SLP
    Thesis: “Noninvasive neurostimulation of sensorimotor adaptation in speech production.”
  • Deirdre McLaughlin, MS-SLP
    Thesis: “Talker identification is not improved by lexical access in the absence of familiar phonology.”
  • Alina Razak, BS; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
    Thesis: “Who's at the cocktail party? Effects of noise on talker identification.”


Ja Young Choi receives Kwanjeong Educational Foundation scholarship

October 3rd, 2016

jayoungc-150pxJa Young Choi, former Research Analyst and current doctoral student in the CNRLab, has been awarded the prestigious Kwanjeong Educational Foundation scholarship for doctoral study in the Speech and Hearing Bioscience and Technology Program at Harvard University. Congratulations, Ja Young!

CNRLab undergraduates featured at UROP symposium

October 16th, 2015

Elly Hu (CAS '16) presents her poster on "Stimulus variability in rapid auditory categorization." Elly used behavioral methods and noninvasive neurostimulation to investigate the factors that affect listeners' ability to adapt to phonetic consistency in speech.7D2_3747_600x400

Tyrone Hou (CAS '18) presented his e-poster on "Computerized biofeedback for lexical tone learning." Tyrone developed a computer program that automatically compares a speaker's lexical tone productions to canonical Mandarin lexical tones, providing second-language learners with feedback to help improve their Mandarin pronunciation.


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

October 5th, 2015


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:

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).

Congratulations to our 2015 CNRLab graduates!

May 19th, 2015

Congratulations to the members of the CNRLab who graduated this spring! They've accomplished amazing things in the lab and here at BU, and they're off to great things next!

  • Rebecca Lember, MS-SLP
    MS Thesis: "Lexical effects in talker identification"
  • Elizabeth Petitti, MS-SLP
    MS Thesis: "A fundamental bias for residue pitch perception in tone language speakers"
  • Molly Cleveland, BS; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • Deirdre McLaughlin, BS; Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences
  • Carly Schimmel, BA; Neuroscience





Dr. Perrachione receives Peter Paul Professorship

September 16th, 2013

Prof. Tyler Perrachione (Director of the Communication Neuroscience Research Laboratory at BU) has been awarded the 2013 Peter Paul Professorship at BU. This award will allow the CNRLab to pursue cutting-edge research on the role of auditory plasticity in developmental disorders of language and communication. Read more about the award and Dr. Perrachione's research in the online article from BU Today.