Welcome to the SPACE Lab!

Directed by Dr. Alexander L. Francis, Ph.D., research in the SPACE Lab investigates cognitive systems and emotional responses associated with the demands of listening to speech in difficult circumstances, such as when listening to a talker with an unfamiliar accent or in the presence of competing speech or other background noise. We use behavioral and psychophysiological measures to assess speech understanding, cognitive effort, affect and stress in younger and older adults with and without hearing impairment under a range of listening conditions. Results of this research provide insight into the cognitive foundations of spoken language understanding, and will contribute to research on better accommodating the needs of older listeners and those with hearing impairment in a variety of contexts and conditions.

Newer paper (pdf): Psychophysiological measurement of affective responses during speech perception (Hearing Research, accepted ms in press)

New paper (PDF): Effects of Second Language Proficiency and Linguistic Uncertainty on Recognition of Speech in Native and Nonnative Competing Speech (JSLHR, 2018)