Below is the list of projects that will be discussed with the title and a few sentences about the talk. This is not per say the order that the individuals will discuss their work, but moreover serves as a list of what will be discussed.
Linda: Causal reasoning in speech perception
Listeners seem to be sensitive not only to how a talker sounds, but also why they might sound as they do. I'll discuss some of my previous work on the role of causal reasoning in speech perception, along with some future directions that aim to probe the extent and specificity of these mechanisms.
Shaorong: Adaptation effect in a hierarchical processing system
Recently evidence showed that language users rapidly incorporate their recent experience to adjust their expectations about how language is used in the current context, known as the adaptation effect. Adaptation has been assumed to be caused by error-driven learning as language input deviates from what is predicted based-on long-term knowledge. The series of studies aims to examine how prediction errors are attributed and leads to adjustment at different levels of processing in a multi-level language processing system.
Zach: Variations in speech: changing how we listen and changing how we speak
I'll be looking at how differences in speech, such as foreign accents and dialects affect short-term speech processing and how our processing of these differences leads to long term changes to our language.
Amanda: Pragmatic adaption: to generalize or not to generalize
In my research I ask when and how interlocutors decide to adapt to a particular speaker given the evidence they have, and their prior expectations for speakers. By manipulating the kinds of evidence listeners receive from a speaker, we can investigate the relative strengths of their expectations, their perceived notion of the reliability of the evidence, and what they do with this information by modulating their expectations and productions with continued interaction.
Xin: Representation of structured variability in speech (in the brain)
One critical challenge to speech language researchers is the lack of a good understanding of how people overcome phonetic variation across talkers. I will discuss my work on accent adaptation, focusing on the long-term effects of experience-dependent learning and the neural correlates of perceptual learning in speech.
Ed Lalor: On the encoding and decoding of natural speech using EEG
Aisling O'Sullivan: Multisensory integration of natural audiovisual speech
Emily Teoh: Decoding attention at a cocktail party
Andy Anderson: Indexing the semantic processing of natural speech using EEG
Nate Zuk: Distinct temporal processing schemes for speech and music