Mar 17

Twin Cities Downtown Luncheon with Professor Julia Strand

Join fellow Carls to hear from Professor Julia Strand on why you're a better listener than your smartphone!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016
11:30 am – 1:00 pm / Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.

200 S. Sixth Street, Suite #4000, Minneapolis, MN 55402

Downtown Luncheon with Professor Julia Strand
Thursday, March 17, 11:30 a.m.

Fredrikson & Byron
200 S. 6th St., 40th Flr., Minneapolis
Hosted by Keith Libbey '59 P '88 '91

"Why you’re a better listener than your smartphone: Context and visual cues in spoken word recognition"

Understanding spoken words should be a tremendously difficult task; listeners must rapidly translate sound waves into meaningful information about speech, distinguish between perceptually similar words (did he say “forty” or “fourteen”?), adapt to speaker accent and other idiosyncrasies, parse filler words such as “like” and “um,” discriminate between the speech signal and background noise, and make sense of ambiguity (“does she mean Carleton knights or Carleton nights?”). Yet, despite these challenges, most listeners appear to understand spoken words instantly and effortlessly.  Julia Strand will present research from her laboratory that helps shed light on the process of spoken word recognition, including how listeners make use of contextual information and visual cues (seeing the talker).

Cost: $10 (includes lunch).

Register online here by Tuesday, March 15.

Julia Strand (B.A., Tufts University; PhD., Washington University in St. Louis) teaches courses including Introduction to Psychology, the Psychology of Spoken Words, and Sensation & Perception. Her research focuses on how humans are able to turn sensory information about speech into meaningful representations. Topics of research include how cognitive abilities influence language perception, what traits of words promote easy recognition, how word recognition abilities change with age, and how visual information (seeing the talker) influences language processing.

Sponsored by Carleton Clubs. Contact: Emily Muirhead McAdam