NIH Award

The NIH has funded our R21 project on perceptual training of dysarthric speech. We will identify speaker and listener parameters that allow training paradigms to be optimized for intelligibility outcomes in dysarthria rehabilitation. This work is in collaboration with Kaitlin Lansford (CoPI) and Tyson Barrett (CoI).

NIH Award

The NIH has funded our R21 project on the application of ideal binary masking to dysarthria speech. We will investigate the use of signal processing techniques to overcome speech-in-noise difficulties for listeners (with and without hearing loss) understanding dysarthria. This work is in collaboration with Sarah Yoho Leopold (PI).

ASHA Award

Camille Wynn, a PhD student in the Human Interaction Lab, was recently awarded $10,000 through the ASHFoundation New Century Doctoral Scholarship. This is a highly competitive national award designed to support strong doctoral candidates who have demonstrated academic excellence.


Human Interaction Lab graduate student, Michelle Parker, presented at the Psychonomics conference in Vancouver on her work examining listener impressions of vocal fry in American women. She did a great job and generated lots of interest in this work! Dr. Borrie gave a talk at the same conference on generalized adaptation to disordered speech.

Parker & Borrie, in press

We have a new paper coming out in the Journal of Voice. This paper is based on work led by graduate student, Michelle Parker. The study examines how the use of vocal fry in the speech of young American women influences listener judgements of speaker intelligence and likeability by taking into account the surrounding acoustic-prosodic context. Michelle will also be presenting on this work at the Psychonomics conference in Vancouver later this year.

ASHA Presentation

Human Interaction Lab graduate student, Camille Wynn, presented a poster at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association Convention in Philadelphia (Nov, 2016) on her work examining speech rate entrainment in children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also presented this work at the recent 2017 USU Student Research Symposium and was awarded first place for her oral presentation. Great work, Camille!

NIH R21 Award

We have been awarded an NIH NIDCD R21 Award to fund our project on developing a computational model of conversational entrainment in clinical populations. Stephanie Borrie (PI) and Visar Berisha (Co-I). Speech rhythm entrainment in the context of dysarthria. National Institute of Health, National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders Research Award. Grant period: 03/01/17 – 02/28/20.

New research paper

We have a new paper recently published in the Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing Research. This paper looks at the role of somatosensory information in speech perception, specifically examining whether overt vocal imitation improves listener perception of dysarthric speech. The results reveal a significant relationship between intelligibility improvement and imitation accuracy, suggesting that ties to the mental representation of the lexicon can be strengthened by way of a somatosensory motor trace.