Adaptive listening -
Spoken language pronunciation is notoriously variable. While some variations are contextually-driven changes, others are idiosyncratic in nature. The Adaptive Listening group seeks to better understand how and when listeners adapt to idiosyncratic variability, with the focus being on variability that is introduced to the speech signal by speakers with a foreign accent. The group studies the effects of foreign accents on speech perception, as well as on lexical and sentential processing. Research questions concentrate on the prerequisites of adaptation, its time-course, and stability. Using a variety of behavioral and neuroimaging techniques we currently study adaptation to segmental and suprasegmental variability as well as to familiar and novel accents; adaptation is investigated in native and non-native listeners as well as in children and older listeners.
The Adaptive Listening group is led by Dr. Andrea Weber.