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PROFILE — Laurie Heller
Click to Enlarge Photo . . . Associate Teaching Professor
Area: Cognitive

Contact information:
Psychology office: 254P Baker Hall
Psychology phone: 412-268-5256

Auditory Perception Lab,
Baker Hall A52E, 268-8669
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Research Interests:

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 auditory displays.

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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. 2339, 1pPP10. LINK

Research Associate:
Nicole Navolio,  email

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