Bob McMurray

Psychological & Brain Sciences

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.

Recent publications

Research areas
  • Cognitive neuroscience
  • Autism and intellectual disabilities
  • Hearing loss
  • Developmental language disorder and Dyslexia
  • Auditory system
  • Developmental neuroscience
  • Auditory neuroscience
  • Learning
  • Neuroimaging
  • Eye-tracking

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