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Cochlear Implants and Other Cool Stuff
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I had a lovely chat with Dr. Karen Gordon on the podcast series created by herself, Dr. Sharon Cushing, and Dr. Blake Papsin. What I really like about it is the layering of conversation with the highlighted researcher with discussions and explanations between the podcast creators. Here's a link if you'd like to listen (the discussion with me is in Series 2). Highly recommend it!

It has been known for some time that people with normal hearing have age-related decline in both facial and voice emotion perception. In a paper in Ear & Hearing published this year (, we reported that adult postlingually deaf cochlear implant patients also show age-related decline in their ability to identify emotional prosody. Normally hearing people hear the primary cues to emotional prosody quite differently from cochlear implant patients. What might account for these aging effects? We are currently conducting research into the acoustic cues utilized by cochlear implant patients and normally hearing listeners to identify emotional prosody, how their utilization of these cues changes with age, and the extent to which cognitive status might play a role in these aging effects. We are also collaborating with Dr. Shuman He's lab at the Ohio State University and Dr. Zielong Xie's lab at Florida State University to examine cortical underpinnings of the observed effects. At Boys Town, we are collaborating with Dr. Adam Bosen's lab to study effects of cognition, and with Dr. Kaylah Lalonde's lab to study audiovisual integration of emotional information in speech.

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Together with Drs. Shauntelle Cannon, Anahita Mehta, Lina Reiss, J Tilak Ratnanather, Viral Tejani, and Tanvi Thakkar, I initiated the BIPOC-CSD network, a network built for and by people of color working in the general area of Communication Sciences and Disorders. We are currently writing a grant application to support our efforts. Here is an interesting paper I read recently on the "Diversity-Innovation" problem: long story short, women and minority scientists innovate more but those innovations don't get cited/propagated in their fields, so the world loses out on these innovations. It's absolutely URGENT to change the mindsets of the majority community, the visibility of BIPOC scientists, clinicians, and engineers, and the opportunities available to them at all levels. Here is a link to our current page on the BIPOC-CSD network:

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