• Additional Titles:Director, Psychoacoustics Laboratory
  • Education:BA, Speech and Hearing, University of Oklahoma, 1975
    MS, Audiology, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, 1977
    PhD, Hearing Science, Purdue University, 1981
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Psychoacoustics, Harvard University, 1984
  • Website or Lab: Psychoacoustics Lab
  • Phone:617-353-7360/7481

Scholarly, Research, and/or Practice Interests

  • Psychoacoustics
  • Speech Perception and Intelligibility
  • Cognitive Factors in Hearing

Courses Taught

  • Acoustics, Physiology and Perception of Speech, Boston University
  • Hearing and Speech Science I, Boston University
  • Hearing and Speech Science II, Boston University
  • Journal Review Seminar, Boston University
  • Speech Perception and Intelligibility, Boston University
  • Computer Methods in Speech and Hearing Research, Boston University
  • Psychoacoustics, Boston University
  • Seminar in Experimental Audiology, Boston University
  • Seminar on Hearing Aids and other Auditory Prostheses, Boston University

Recent Publications

See PubMed for a partial bibliography

  • Roverud, E., Best, V., Mason, C.R., Streeter, T. and Kidd, G. Jr. (2018) “Evaluating the performance of a visually guided hearing aid using a dynamic audio-visual word congruence task” Ear & Hearing, 39, 756-769 doi: 10.1097/AUD.0000000000000532
  • Kidd, G. Jr. and Colburn, H.S. (2017) “Informational masking in speech recognition,” in The Auditory System at the Cocktail Party,   J. C. Middlebrooks, J. Z. Simon, A.N. Popper and R.R. Fay, Eds., Springer Nature,  New York, pp. 75-109
  • Best, V., Ahlstrom, J.B., Mason, C.R., Roverud, E., Perrachione, T.K., Kidd, G. Jr. and Dubno, J. (2017) “Talker identification: effects of masking, hearing loss and age,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 143, 1085-1092
  • Best, V., Roverud, E., Mason, C.R. and Kidd, G. Jr. (2017) “Examination of a hybrid beamformer that preserves auditory spatial cues,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am. Express Letters, 142, EL369-374
  • Kidd, G. Jr. (2017) “Enhancing auditory selective attention using a visually guided hearing aid,” J. Speech, Lang. Hear. Res., 60, 3027–3038
  • Best, V., Roverud, E., Streeter, T., Mason, C.R. and Kidd, G. Jr. (2017) “The benefit of a visually guided beamformer in a dynamic speech task,” Trends in Hearing, 21, 1-11
  • Swaminathan, J., Mason, C.R., Streeter, T., Best, V., Roverud, E. and Kidd, G. Jr., (2016) “Role of binaural temporal fine structure and envelope cues in cocktail-party listening,” J. Neurosci., 36(31): 8250-8257
  • Kidd, G. Jr., Mason, C.R., Swaminathan, J., Roverud, E., Clayton, K.K. and Best, V. (2016) “Determining the energetic and informational components of speech-on-speech masking,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 140, 132-144
  • Clayton, K.K., Swaminathan, J., Yazdanbakhsh, A., Zuk, J., Patel, A.D. and Kidd, G. Jr. (2016) “Executive function, visual attention and the cocktail party problem in musicians and non-musicians,” PLoS One, 1-17, 11(7): e0157638. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0157638
  • Kidd, G. Jr. and Mason, C.R. (2015) “Double Entendre: Embedding a secondary message in pointillistic speech,” Acoust. Soc. Am. POMA, 23;
  • Newman, R.S., Morini, G., Ahsan, F. and Kidd, G. Jr. (2015) “Linguistically-based informational masking in preschool children,” J. Acoust. Soc. Am., 138, EL93-98
  • Swaminathan, J., Mason, C.R., Streeter, T.M., Best, V.A., Kidd, G. Jr. and Patel, A.D. (2015)   “Musical training, individual differences and the cocktail party problem” Sci. Rep., 5, 1-10, Article number: 11628 doi:10.1038/srep11628

Recent Grant Activity

  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, R01 DC013286, “Top-down control of selective amplification,” 2014-present, Principal Investigator.
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, R01 DC04545, “Central factors in auditory masking,” 2000-present, Principal Investigator.
  • United States Air Force Office of Scientific Research, FA9550-12-1-0171, “Spatial hearing, attention, and informational masking in speech identification,”  2005-present, Principal Investigator.
  • National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, R01 DC00100, “Binaural hearing,”1992-present, Co-Investigator (H. Steven Colburn: Principal Investigator).

Awards and Honors

  • Fellow, American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2000
  • Fellow, Acoustical Society of America, 1997
  • Award of Merit, Sargent College of Allied Health Professions, Boston University, 1989

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