Welcome to the SPACE Lab!

Directed by Dr. Alexander L. Francis, Ph.D., research in the SPACE Lab investigates cognitive and affective mechanisms 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.

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Latest Papers: Francis, A.L. & Love, J. (2019). Listening effort: Are we measuring cognition or affect, or both? WIREs Cognitive Science, e1514, 1-27.link

Francis, A.L. & Oliver, J. (2018). Psychophysiological measurement of affective responses during speech perception, Hearing Research, 369, 103-119.link

Love, et al. (2019). Physiological orienting response, noise sensitivity, and annoyance from irrelevant background sound. Proc. Mtgs. Acoust. 35, 040002 (2018); https://doi.org/10.1121/2.0000981