Tyler K. Perrachione, PhD

Tyler Perrachione, PhD

Assistant Professor
Peter Paul Career Development Professor
Director, Communication Neuroscience Research Laboratory
Ph.D., Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.A., Linguistics, Northwestern University
B.A., Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Northwestern University
Website or Lab
Communication Neuroscience Research Laboratory
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Research Interests

  • Developmental disorders of language and reading (specific language impairment, dyslexia)
  • Human voice recognition and social auditory perception
  • Mechanisms of plasticity in human auditory cortex
  • Brain bases of complex auditory processing(including speech and voice perception)

Health Matters Virtual Conference

Dr. Perrachione provides an overview of the Communication Neuroscience Research Laboratory. Hosted by Boston University College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences: Sargent College, this presentation was a part of an online, virtual conference, “Health Matters,” which took place on September 17, 2015.

Courses Taught

  • KHC NE 102 Reading, Language, and the Brain
  • SAR SH 221 Phonetics
  • SAR SH 755 Applied Speech Science

Research Funding

  • Principal Investigator, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation; “Dysfunction of cortical systems for language and working memory in autism spectrum disorder” (NARSAD Young Investigator Award) January 2016 – January 2018
  • Principal Investigator, NIDCD “Neural bases of phonological working memory in developmental language disorders” (NIH R03 DC014045) July 2015 – June 2018

Recent Presentations

  • Qi Z., Lu C., Harris A., Weil L. W., Han M., Halverson K., Perrachione T.K., Kjelgaard M., Wexler K., Tager-Flusberg T, & Gabrieli J.D.E. (2015). “Transdiagnostic neural basis for impaired phonological working memory across reading disability and autism spectrum disorder.” 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (Chicago, October 2015).
  • Qi Z., Pantazis D., de los Angeles C., Perrachione T.K., & Gabrieli J.D.E. (2015). “Sensitivity to speech distributional information in children with autism: a MEG study.” 7th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Neurobiology of Language, (Chicago, October 2015).
  • Perrachione, T.K., Dougherty, S.C., McLaughlin, D.E., & Lember, R.A. (2015). “The effects of speech perception and speech comprehension on talker identification.” 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (Glasgow, August 2015).
  • 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).
  • McLaughlin, D.E., Dougherty, S.C., Lember, R.A., & Perrachione, T.K. (2015). “Episodic memory for words enhances the language familiarity effect in talker identification.” 18th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (Glasgow, August 2015).
  • Choi, J.Y., Minas, J.E., Finn, A.S., Gabrieli, J.D.E., & Perrachione, T.K. (2015) “Functional brain changes associated with learning a novel phonological contrast.” 21st Annual Meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (Honolulu, June 2015).

For a full list of presentations, click here.

    Selected Publications

    • Perrachione, T.K., Stepp, C.E., Hillman, R.E., & Wong, P.C.M. (2014) “Talker identification across source mechanisms: Experiments with laryngeal and electrolarynx speech.” Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research, 57, 1651-1665.
    • Perrachione, T.K. & Ghosh, S.S. (2013) “Optimized design and analysis of sparse-sampling fMRI experiments.”Frontiers in Neuroscience, 7, 55.
    • Perrachione, T.K., Del Tufo, S.N., Gabrieli, J.D.E. (2011) “Human voice recognition depends on language ability.” Science, 333, 595.
    • Perrachione, T.K., Lee, J., Ha, L.Y.Y., & Wong, P.C.M. (2011) “Learning novel phonological contrasts: Individual differences and instructional paradigms interact to determine success.” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 130, 461-472.

    For a full publication list, click here.

      Academic and Professional Honors

      • 2013 Peter Paul Career Development Professorship
      • 2012 Walle Nauta Award for Continuing Dedication to Teaching, MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
      • 2011 Walle Nauta Award for Continuing Dedication to Teaching, MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
      • 2010 Angus McDonald Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, MIT Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
      • 2008-2011 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship