buckeye language network
The BLN community is full of amazing people…. Let’s shine a light on:
What do you do?
I am a Cognitive Psychology graduate student in Mark Pitt’s Language Perception Lab. My research looks at the mechanisms underlying auditory selective attention to speech and the factors driving individual differences in those mechanisms. More specifically, I’ve been looking at two mechanisms that guide auditory attention: enhancement, which boosts the auditory signal of interest, and suppression, which attenuates distracting signals.
What is the most exciting thing you’re working on now?
I’m currently working on trying to behaviorally dissociate these two mechanisms, which is a challenge because both mechanisms lead to the same behavioral outcome of better attention! Our work this semester is showing some major differences between mechanisms regarding the time course of effects and sensitivity to statistical regularities. I’m very excited to continue investigating these differences to see if they might be the key to behaviorally demonstrating that auditory enhancement and suppression are indeed separable mechanisms.
Who is your favorite language-oriented researcher (living or dead)?
I’ve always been fascinated by Erik Thiesson’s work on statistical learning and language.
If you could make every student at OSU know one thing about language, what would it be?
Language perception is more complicated than it seems! The fact that we’re generally able to easily understand what other people are saying is a result of coordinated processes in multiple brain areas, which makes language a challenging and exciting topic to study.
Anything else you want to tell us?
If you’re an undergraduate student looking to get more involved in research about auditory attention to speech signals, then you should check out our lab website (https://u.osu.edu/lplab/) and send me an email! We bring in new research assistants every semester and are always looking for motivated students with an interest in language research.