At the CAANLab we study age-related changes in hearing, and cognition. Our goal is to generate knowledge that can be used to improve hearing abilities for older adults. Age-related changes in how the brain processes
sound are influenced by a number of factors including, but not limited to:
genetics, lifestyle, noise exposure, and musical training. Accordingly, the research in the lab is diverse, and includes psychacoustics, speech perception, music cognition, memory and learning.
CAANLab is the main research facility for the Aging Research Centre (ARC) at Memorial University of Newfoundland in St. John's. It is part of a network of labs across the province that are part of the ARC. This network includes the ARCLab at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University in Corner Brook (ARCLab), The Labrador Institute Research Station at the Labrador Institute in North West River, and an Audiology Lab in Grand Falls-Windsor.
CAANLab is well 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. There are
workstations in the lab that can be used for data analysis, experimental
design, and stimulus creation.