I completed my PhD at the University of Toronto under the supervision of Bruce Schneider, Meredyth Daneman and Fergus Craik, where I investigated the effect of listening effort for speech-in-noise perception on memory performance. I then moved to the UK where I held a postdoctoral position at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit in Cambridge and worked with Ingrid Johnsrude, Matt Davis and Bob Carlyon on attentional aspects of vowel perception in the auditory cortex using fMRI. Given my particular interest in phonetically and linguistically informed speech research, I subsequently moved to the Linguistics Department at the University of Cambridge to work with Sarah Hawkins on age-related differences in the perception of phonetic detail of speech presented in noise.
My work has been funded by a number of sources including the MRC, the DFG, the Welcome Trust, Action on Hearing Loss, and the BBSRC.
My main research interest is spoken language comprehension and its trajectory with age. I am particularly interested in understanding how peripheral aspects of hearing, linguistic abilities and the… read more
SCHNEIDER, BA, AVIVI-REICH, M, LEUNG, C and HEINRICH, A, 2016. How Age and Linguistic Competence Affect Memory for Heard Information Frontiers in Psychology. 7, 618
My main research interest is spoken language comprehension and its trajectory with age. I am particularly interested in understanding how peripheral aspects of hearing, linguistic abilities and the cognitive makeup of the listener affect speech understanding in a variety of listening situations. To probe the interplay between auditory and cognitive processes for speech understanding, I use psychoacoustic techniques, phonetically informed speech perception and production experiments, electrophysiological recording techniques (OAEs, ABRs) and cognitive testing.
Besides my work on changes in speech perception associated with age-normal hearing, I am also interested in understanding how speech perception changes for hearing aid users, an interest I have pursued in collaboration with Melanie Ferguson and Helen Henshaw from the Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit. Finally, I am currently part of an interdisciplinary European Research Area of Aging (ERA-AGE) grant where, together with audiologists and experimental psychologists from Canada, epidemiologists from Finland and neuroscientists from Israel, I investigate challenges older face in noisy environments.
Besides my main interest in the perception of spoken words, typically explored in well-controlled environments, I am also interested in understanding how findings from more conventional speech research extend to speech perception in singing, and how findings collected in well-controlled environments extend to ecologically valid environments such as concert halls. Work on these topics has been carried out in collaboration with Sarah Hawkins from the University of Cambridge and The Clerks (http://www.talesfrombabel.co.uk/the-clerks/).