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

By Tyler Perrachione
October 5th, 2015 in Lab Members, Popular Media.

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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).

Congratulations to our 2015 CNRLab graduates!

By Tyler Perrachione
May 19th, 2015 in Lab Members.

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

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CNRLab projects featured on WBUR: “11 Young Neuroscientists Share Their Cutting-Edge Research”

By cnrlab
June 17th, 2014 in Popular Media, Reading and Language Development and Disorders.

Our ongoing research on the brain bases of language processing and language impairment was recently focused on Boston’s NPR station: WBUR 90.9. In this video, Dr. Perrachione describes the lab’s research using cutting-edge neuroimaging technologies like fMRI to help unravel the brain bases of language and memory.

See all the videos: 11 Young Neuroscientists Share Their Cutting-Edge Research

Dr. Perrachione receives Peter Paul Professorship

By Tyler Perrachione
September 16th, 2013 in Lab Members.

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.

Dyslexia also affects the ability to recognize voices

By Tyler Perrachione
August 1st, 2011 in Popular Media, Reading and Language Development and Disorders.

Although dyslexia is well known as a disorder that affects the development of typical reading ability, research from Dr. Tyler Perrachione (Principal Investigator of the Communication Neuroscience Research Laboratory at BU) and colleagues has revealed that individuals with dyslexia also have trouble learning to recognize voices compared to their peers with typical reading ability.  Learn more about this research from these sources: