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The Research

At the Cognitive Aging and Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory (CAANLab) we study hearing, and cognition.  We are particularly interested in the impacts of aging, musical training and individual factors in how our brains process music and speech. Our goal is to generate knowledge that can be used to improve hearing abilities for older adults, and others who have difficulty with hearing. Accordingly, the research and research techniques used the lab are diverse, but share the common goal of improving our understanding of the auditory system.

The Laboratory

The Cognitive Aging and Auditory Neuroscience Lab (CAANLab) is equipped to conduct perceptual and cognitive research while monitoring brain activity using electroencephalography (EEG).  We have a 128-channel BioSemi EEG system housed in a double-walled, magnetically shielded soundproof booth.  An auditory workstation that includes a Tucker-Davis real-time processor, and an Interacoustics audiometer can present stimuli to participants in the soundproof booth via insert earphones, over-the-ear headphones or free-field speakers. A digital piano can be used to study to impact of music training or to explore performance aspects of music, and a virtual-reality system can be used with any of the existing equipment to simulate naturalistic environments during research.  There are multiple workstations in the lab that can be used for data analysis, experimental design, and stimulus creation.

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The Funding

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