At the CAANLab we study hearing, aging, 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.
The lab is well equipped to conduct auditory perceptual 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
three workstations in the lab that can be used for data analysis, experimental
design, and stimulus creation.