Ignoring The Merry in Marry

I am the PI on the Vidi-project supported by NWO: Ignoring the merry in marry: The effect of individual differences in attention and proficiency on non-native spoken-word recognition in noise. The project started on February 1st, 2013, and will run for 5 years.

September 18th, 2014 - Fourth from the left Polina Drozdova who was one of five recipients of an Interspeech Travel Grant for her paper "Phoneme Category Retuning in a Non-native Language" at Interspeech, Singapore (September 15-18, 2015) awarded by Google, Samsung, and IFLYTEK CO., LTD. Papers were selected based on the technical quality of the papers. The winners were announced during the Interspeech closing ceremony.

September 18th, 2014 – Fourth from the left Polina Drozdova who was one of five recipients of an Interspeech Travel Grant for her paper “Phoneme Category Retuning in a Non-native Language” at Interspeech, Singapore (September 15-18, 2015) awarded by Google, Samsung, and IFLYTEK CO., LTD. Papers were selected based on the technical quality of the papers. The winners were announced during the Interspeech closing ceremony.

The project systematically investigates the effect of noise on non-native spoken-word recognition using a range of tasks tapping into different processes underlying spoken-word recognition, more specifically the word selection process and the multiple activation and competition process, and the effect of individual differences in attention and proficiency on non-native spoken-word recognition in noise. The impact of non-native listening in noise on the employment of processing resources is investigated through a combination of behavioural experiments and computational modelling.

This project aims to develop a new theory of spoken-word recognition that accounts for individual differences in non-native spoken-word recognition in noise and the interaction between language processing and cognition (i.e., attention, proficiency), a link generally acknowledged but rarely implemented in spoken-word recognition theories.

My colleagues on the project:

  • Polina Drozdova (PhD student)
  • Florian Hintz (post-doc)
  • Tijn Schmitz (student assistant)
  • Elea Kolkman (student assistant)
  • Margot Mangnus (student assistant)
  • Marloes Graauwmans (student assistant)

Past members:

  • Juul Coumans (PhD student, September 2013 – February 2015)
  • Stephen Bodnar (scientific programmer/post-doctoral researcher, October – December 2014): now at McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Esther Kroese (student assistant, March-November 2014): now at Educatie Werkt! at TopTaal, the Netherlands
  • Vincent Hoofs (student assistant, May-August 2015)