||PROFILE — Laurie Heller
Associate Teaching Professor
Psychology office: 254P Baker Hall
Psychology phone: 412-268-5256
Auditory Perception Lab,
Baker Hall A52E, 268-8669
My auditory research examines the human ability to understand what
events are happening in the environment through sound. Perceptual
experiments address whether there are auditory prototypes that
represent different event attributes, whether those prototypes can be
used to predict psychological phenomena such as a preference for
exaggeration or the ability to recognize caricatures, and whether
audition plays a significant role in the perception of multi-modal
events. This basic research will relate psychological performance to
acoustic properties and high-level auditory information. The results
of this research may have potential to enhance hearing aids and
Lemaitre, G. and Heller, L.M. (2013). Evidence for a basic level in a taxonomy of everyday action sounds. Experimental Brain Research, Vol. 226, No. 2, pp. 253-264.
Lemaitre, G. and Heller, L.M. (2012). Auditory perception of material is fragile while action is strikingly robust. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 131(2).
Heller, L.M., and Richards, V.M. (2010). Binaural interference in lateralization thresholds
for interaural time and level differences. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 128, 310-320.
Heller, L.M., and Skerritt, B. (2010). Acoustic analysis of perceptual sound categories.
Acoustical Society of America, Baltimore MD, April 2010.
Heller, L.M., and Skerritt, B. (2009). Action as an organizing
principle of auditory cognition. APCAM, November 2009.
Marshall, L.M., Lapsley Miller, J.A., Heller, L.M., Wolgemuth, K.S.,
Hughes, L.M., Smith, S.D., Kopke, R.D. (2009). Detection incipient
inner-ear damage from impulse noise with otoacoustic emissions. J.
Acoust. Soc. Am. 125(2), 995-1013.
Neuhoff, J.G. & Heller, L.M. (2005). One small step: Using sound
source and event characteristics in auditory graphs. Proceedings of
the International Conference on Auditory Display.
Ecker, A.J. & Heller, L.M. (2005). Auditory-visual interactions in the
perception of a ball's path. Perception 34, 59-75.
Heller, L.M. and Wolf, L. (2002). When sound effects are better than
the real thing. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 111, p.
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Auditory Perception Lab
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