Research Statement

My research interests lie in phonology, speech perception, and their neurological correlates. I’m particularly interested in the extent to which phonological knowledge interacts with or is influenced by social cognition, general audition, or visual processing during the perception of phonetic and phonological variation and how these interactive processes affect phonological learning, production and sound change.

Current Projects

  • I am currently conducting my dissertation research investigating how listeners' knowledge of non-native speaker specific phonological substitutions modulate reported McGurk percepts.

  • I am currently writing a journal manuscript reporting the results of an eye tracking experiment that examines bidirectional priming effects between speech perception and social cognition (Read our ICPhS write up here). This work is in conjunction with Dominique Bouavichith, Ian Calloway, Tamarae Hildebrandt, Stephen Tobin, & Pam Beddor.

    • I am currently designing an extension to the study above investigating how these results extend to gender categorizations outside of the traditional gender binary. This work is in conjunction with Ian Calloway and Dominique Bouavichith.

    • I am currently working with Jon Brennan and David Brang looking at ECoG data investigating the spatial distribution of phonetic feature activation in the superior temporal gyrus in Mainstream US English and Northern Cities Shifted English listeners.

    • I recently underwent a septorhinoplasty which has been reported to result in voice changes. Pre-operatively and at 1 and 3 months post operatively, I completed an eye tracking task and recorded nasal airflow and spectral measurements of myself reading a word list of items with varying contextual nasalization. Data analysis is currently underway.

My brain, where I come up with the ideas listed here.