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Brain potentials of speech processing

This project's aim is to understand the neural bases of speech and sound processing, and how such responses vary across the adulthood. Specifically, there is growing evidence that the timing of such responses is critical for cognition and language. This is a critical aspect as adults age, because we know that motor and neural responses change. For example, older adults may experience a greater amount of non-stimulus activity leading to decreased hearing performance and learning. Thus, this research is important for both our understanding of basic aspects of speech comprehension and it will also further our understanding of aging.
Jonathan Wright at jbw6233@psu.edu or 814-865-2912
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18 year(s) or older
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Inclusion Criteria:
18 years and older
Right handed
Native monolingual English speaker
Not depressed as measured by the Geriatric Depression Scale
26 or higher on the MoCA
Exclusion Criteria:
A history of neurological disorders or language disorders
Less than 12 years of education
More than one year of music training
Illiteracy
Learning of a tonal language or more than basic language coursework
Language & Linguistics
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State College, PA