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Alexander L. Francis

Contact Information
Email: francisa@purdue.edu
Office: HEAV G34A Map
Phone: (765) 494-3815
Fax: (765) 494-0771
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Professor of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences

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Pillars of Interdisciplinary Research Excellence

Preserving Cognitive Function; Enhancing Biological and Physical Function in Later Life


PhD University of Chicago Psychology & Linguistics 1999

Research Interests

Speech perception, hearing impairment, cognitive aging, listening effort, noise sensitivity, noise and public health

Teaching Interests

Speech perception, attention, cognitive aging, acoustics, speech science


2022 - Clifford B. Kinley Trust
2022 - Purdue College of HHS Healthy Lifestyles and Vital Longevity
2020 - Center for Research on Brain, Behavior, and Neurorehabilitation

Selected Publications

Alvar, A. & Francis, A.L. (2024). Effects of background noise level on autonomic arousal (skin conductance level). JASA Express Letters, 4(1), 013601. DOI: 10.1121/10.0024272

Exner, A. H., Francis, A. L., MacPherson, M. K., Darling-White, M., & Huber, J. E. (2023). The Effects of Speech Task on Lexical Stress in Parkinson's Disease. American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, 1-17. DOI: 10.1044/2022_AJSLP-22-00185

Francis, A.L. (2022). Adding noise is a confounded nuisance. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 152(3), 1375-1388. DOI: 10.1121/10.0013874

Love, J., Sung, W., & Francis, A. L. (2021). Psychophysiological responses to potentially annoying heating, ventilation, and air conditioning noise during mentally demanding work. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 150(4), 3149-3163. DOI: 10.1121/10.0006383

Keehn, B., Kadlaskar, G., Bergmann, S., McNally Keehn, R., & Francis, A. (2021). Attentional disengagement and the locus coeruleus - norepinephrine system in children with autism spectrum disorder. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. DOI: 10.3389/fnint.2021.716447

Xu, D., Newell, M., & Francis, A.L. (2021). Fall-related injuries mediate the relationship between selfreported hearing loss and mortality in middle-aged and older adults. The Journals of Gerontology Series A: Medical Sciences, 76(9), e213-e220. DOI: 10.1093/gerona/glab123

Francis, A. L., Bent, T., Schumaker, J., Love, J., & Silbert, N. (2021). Listener characteristics differentially affect self-reported and physiological measures of effort associated with two challenging listening conditions. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 83(4), 1818-1841.DOI: 10.3758/s13414-020-02195-9

Francis, A.L. & Love, J. (2020). Listening Effort: Are we measuring cognition, affect, or both? Invited review article, WIREs Cognitive Science. e1514. DOI: 10.1002/wcs.1514

Xu, D., & Francis, A.L. (2019) Psychological distress mediates the relationship between hearing impairment and cardiovascular disease. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research; 62(8), 2872-2881. DOI: 10.1044/2019_JSLHR-H-18-0511

Keehn, B., Kadlaskar, G., McNally Keehn, R., & Francis, A. L. (2019). Auditory attentional disengagement in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental disorders, 49(10), 3999-4008. DOI: 10.1007/s10803-019-04111-z

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