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Gastvorträge 2009

Communication in the everyday world
Barbara Shinn-Cunningham
Dienstag, 21. April 2009, TU Hochhaus, Auditorium 1, 20. Etage
Der Vortrag findet statt im Rahmen des Research Colloquium Usability


In a typical setting, we cannot process the sound from every source that reaches our ears. Instead, we naturally group the mixture of sound into perceptual objects and then actively attend to one object at a time, suppressing the other objects in the scene. This talk will review results of some studies investigating how listeners process sound when there are multiple sources in a sound mixture, including how we form auditory objects, select an object to attend, and cope with missing parts of the attended object. These studies reveal that our ability to communicate in everyday settings depends on complex interactions between object formation, selective attention, and a priori knowledge.

Short Biography

Barbara Shinn-Cunningham received her training in electrical engineering at Brown University (Sc.B., 1986) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.S., 1989; Ph.D., 1994). She joined the faculty of Boston University in 1996, where she is an Associate Professor of Cognitive and Neural Systems, Biomedical Engineering, and the Program in Neuroscience. She also is an Instructor in the Harvard/MIT Health Science and Technology Program and an Adjunct Professor of the Naval Postgraduate School. SShe is the recipient of numerous awards, including fellowships from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Whitaker Foundation, and, most recently, the National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows program. Her research includes studies of auditory attention, sound source separation, spatial hearing, cross-modal integration, neural coding, and perceptual plasticity.


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