The CSPAN lab studies the ways that the brain flexibly responds to novelty in speech perception in a variety of populations across the lifespan.
Director: Christopher Heffner, PhD
Cary Hall, Room 101
The Cognition, Speech Perception, and Auditory Neuroscience (CSPAN) Lab studies the ways that the brain flexibly responds to novelty in speech perception. This novelty can either come from learning to perceptually group the speech sounds of a second language or dealing with complicated listening situations in a first language (e.g., accent, very fast or slow speech). Despite the challenges associated with these circumstances, many listeners can learn in both a first and second language. In the CSPAN Lab, a variety of studies are performed to determine how this occurs. The lab studies why some people are more successful than others on this task and where in the brain that these processes happen, with a particular interest in a variety of populations (e.g., Parkinson’s Disease, older adults, adolescents) who might have neural characteristics that help or hinder these learning processes.