Cognitive, Auditory, & Neural Bases of Language & Speech Seminar: Title TBA

Lynne Nygaard


Vahaba, Daniel


event sponsored by

Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS) &

Department of Head and Neck Surgery & Communication Sciences, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Psychology and Neuroscience


Cognitive, Auditory, & Neural Bases of Language & Speech


Lynne Nygaard, PhD (Emory University)

My research seeks to develop an understanding of human communication. I am interested in how listeners interpret a talker's intentions, thoughts, and feelings, using both linguistic and non-linguistic aspects of spoken language. Speech is a highly complex signal. Speakers convey information intentionally with the syllables, words, and sentences that they utter. In addition, however, an enormous amount of information is conveyed through a speaker's individual vocal characteristics and style. Spoken language requires that the listener integrate what is being said with how it is being said. Understanding the interplay between the perception of the words and sentences of spoken language with the processing of non-linguistic properties of speech is essential for a complete account of spoken communication.


Medicine, Natural Sciences, Lecture/Talk, Panel/Seminar/Colloquium, and Research