Jackson T. Gandour

Research Interests / Training Areas:

  • Experimental Phonetics
  •  Cognitive neuroscience
  • Tonal languages


Jackson T. Gandour received his BA in political science from Wheeling Jesuit University in 1963. He developed an interest in tone languages during his service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand (1964-66). After receiving his MA in linguistics from the University of Pittsburgh (1968), he taught linguistics as a Visiting Fulbright Lecturer at Niigata University in Japan (1968-69). He later returned to Thailand (1975) to carry out multidimensional scaling research on tone perception for his PhD in linguistics at UCLA (1976), and continued this research as a postdoctoral fellow at Bell Labs (1976-77). He then came to Purdue University where he has been a faculty member in the Department of Speech Language and Hearing Sciences for 37 years. As a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar at Mahidol University (1988-89), his research interests focused on tone perception and production in adult speakers of Thai with communication disorders, i.e., aphasic, laryngectomized, and hearing-impaired individuals. Later on, he used functional brain imaging techniques (PET, fMRI) to study speech prosody in healthy adult speakers of Mandarin Chinese and Thai (1996-2007). His current research exploits auditory electrophysiology (MMN, FFR, CPR) to investigate pitch encoding in tonal languages at both cortical and brainstem levels of the brain (2003-present). He was a Visiting Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Hong Kong (2012). He served on the editorial boards of Brain and Language (1993-2011) and Aphasiology (2002-2011).

Recent Publications:

Gandour, J.T., & Krishnan, A. (2014). Neural bases of lexical tone. In H. Winskel & P. Padakannaya (Eds.), South and Southeast Asian psycholinguistics (pp. 339-349). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Gandour, J.T. (2013). A functional deficit in the sensorimotor interface component as revealed by oral reading in Thai conduction aphasia. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 26, 337-347.

Krishnan, A., Bidelman, G.M., Smalt, C.J., Ananthakrishnan, S., & Gandour, J.T. (2012). Relationship between brainstem, cortical and behavioral measures relevant to pitch salience in humans. Neuropsychologia, 50(12), 2849-2859.

Bidelman, G.M., Gandour, J.T., & Krishnan, A. (2011). Musicians demonstrate experience-dependent brainstem enhancement of musical scale tones within continuously gliding pitch. Neuroscience Letters, 503(3), 203-207.

Krishnan, A., Gandour, J.T., Ananthakrishnan, S., Bidelman, G.M., & Smalt, C.J. (2011). Functional ear (a)symmetry in brainstem neural activity relevant to encoding of voice pitch: A precursor for hemispheric specialization? Brain and Language, 119(3), 226-231.

Zatorre, R., & Gandour, J.T. (2009). Neural specializations for speech and pitch: Moving beyond the dichotomies. In B.C.J. Moore, L.K. Tyler, & W. Marslen-Wilson (Eds.), The perception of speech: From sound to meaning (pp. 275-304). Oxford University Press. Reprinted from Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences. 363(1493), 1087-1104 (2008).


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