Bob McMurray, Ph.D.

Bob McMurray, PhD
Professor
Psychological and Brain Sciences

Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of Speech Perception and Development

Research focus: 

Cognitive and Neural Mechanisms of Speech Perception and Development

Office

319-335-2408
E218 SSH

Lab

126 SLP
319-335-0692

My research broadly concerns how people recover the meaning of spoken language as it unfolds in real-time, and in particular how they cope with the vast amount of variability in the speech signal. To this end, we use techniques like head-mounted eye-tracking, event-related potentials and inter-cranial brain recording to examine some of the earliest sensory representations of speech.  I apply both developmental and individual differences approaches to this question examining typically developing infants and children, as well as those with language or hearing-impairments, particularly children with specific language impairment or who use cochlear implants.  Finally, in order to understand possible mechanisms I construct computational models using statistical learning, neural network and dynamical systems approaches.

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