Christopher W Turner, PhD

christopher-turner
Communication Sciences & Disorders, Otolaryngology
Professor
Summary statement: 

Auditory perception and hearing loss

Office phone: 
(319) 335-8721
Office number: 
121B
Office building: 
SHC

Our laboratory is working on the topic of speech perception by normal and hearing-impaired listeners. This work also involves basic psychophysical capabilities of normal and impaired listeners. In addition to the theoretical contributions of this work, we also see applications in the design of a new generation of hearing aids and cochlear implants as well as improved speech recognition by machines. Our goals are to identify the types of speech cues that are (mis) perceived by hearing-impaired listeners, as well as to design digital signal processing algorithms to assist their communication abilities.

We have also participated in studies of the human auditory cortex.

“The neuroscience program at the university has a unique blend of cognitive and molecular neuroscience that appeals to my own diverse interests for studying the brain. Most other programs place emphasis on one side or the other of these two broad disciplines.”