Paper accepted at Cognitive Science

Be on the lookout for a new paper to appear in Cognitive Science titled “EARSHOT: A minimal neural network model of incremental human speech recognition.” This work was led by Drs. James Magnuson, Heejo You, and Jay Rueckl at the University of Connecticut. A preprint of an earlier version of this paper is available here.

Paper accepted at Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research

Be on the lookout for a new paper to appear in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. The title is “Individual differences in distributional learning for speech: What’s ideal for ideal observers?” This work was conducted in collaboration with Ph.D. student Nick Monto and lab B.A./M.A. alum Stephen Graham. Reach out to rachel.theodore@uconn.edu if you’d like a preprint. Congratulations, Nick and Stephen!

SLaP Lab at Louisville ASA meeting

The SLaP Lab was well represented at the ASA meeting in Louisville. Nick and Nikole, Ph.D. students in our lab, presented posters relaying their recent discoveries (available here), and Dr. Theodore gave a talk at a special session titled “Exploring the interface between linguistic processing and talker recognition.” A live-tweet of the session can be read here; and here is a link to Dr. Theodore’s talk with a transcript of sorts (as she was the one tweeting). Thanks, ASA community, for a week filled with lively discussion (and a few mint juleps)!

Paper accepted at Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

Be on the lookout for a new paper to appear in JASA Express Letters. The title is “Structured phonetic variation facilitates talker identification.” This work was conducted in collaboration with Ms. Divya Ganugapati in conjunction with her SHARE award from OUR. Reach out to rachel.theodore@uconn.edu if you’d like a preprint. Congratulations, Divya!

Paper accepted at Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

Be on the lookout for a new paper to appear in JASA Express Letters. The title is “Identifying bilingual talkers after a language switch: Language experience matters.” This work was conducted in collaboration with Dr. Linda Polka (McGill University) and Dr. AJ Orena (University of British Columbia). Reach out to rachel.theodore@uconn.edu if you’d like a preprint!

UConn receives NIH/NIDCD T32 training grant

UConn researchers have been awarded a 5-year training grant from the NIH/NIDCD. The CNC-CT program, directed by Drs. Inge-Marie Eigsti and Emily Myers, will provide training in the neuroscience of communication for predoctoral and postdoctoral scholars. The mentorship team is comprised of an interdisciplinary faculty that also includes Drs. Richard Aslin, Deborah Fein, Roeland Hancock, Fumiko Hoeft, Nicole Landi, James Magnuson, Jay Rueckl, Erika Skoe, and Rachel Theodore. Learn more here and here!