Rochelle Newman, PhD, to speak at Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences Research Colloquium Series

Please join us at the following research seminar:

Boston University Speech and Hearing Sciences Department Research Colloquium Series

“Infants’ Comprehension of Speech in the Presence of Noise”

Speech poses many challenges for the listener; in order to comprehend spoken language, listeners need to separate speech from background noise, break fluent speech into its individual words, adjust for variations in how different individuals produce those words, and then map those sequences onto a particular representation out of tens of thousands of known entities. My work investigates how listeners of different ages adjust for these challenges. In this talk, I will present recent work with infants and toddlers suggesting that poor selective attention and difficulty with top-down knowledge place limits on the types of environments in which children can acquire useful information about their native language.

Rochelle Newman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Graduate Studies, Dept. of Hearing & Speech Sciences
Program in Neuroscience & Cognitive Science
University of Maryland
Director, Language Development & Perception Laboratories
Co-Director, University of Maryland Infant Studies Consortium

DATE: Tuesday, March 20, 2012

TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Sargent Rm. 104

Refreshments will be served