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Prosem Lecture: Impact of Quality of Auditory Environments on Children’s Neural Language Processing Skills and Language Outcomes
January 20 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Presenter: Carlos R. Benitez-Barrera, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Callier Center for Communication Disorders, University of Texas at Dallas
Topic: Impact of Quality of Auditory Environments on Children’s Neural Language Processing Skills and Language Outcomes
Children are exposed to mid-to-low levels background noise on their daily lives. Exposure to low-quality auditory environments can be detrimental for learning. In this talk, I will present my ongoing work on the effects of noise on children’s language processing skills both behaviorally and neurophysiologically. Specifically, I will present recent findings on the 1) immediate effects of noise on cognitive load during language processing, 2) long-term effects of exposure low-quality environments on children’s language outcomes, and 3) benefits of intervention strategies (i.e., remote microphone systems) aiming to improve the quality of auditory environments for children. This ongoing research is important because it has the potential to improve language outcomes for children, and particularly for those at risk of communication delays.
Dr. Carlos Benítez-Barrera is a postdoctoral fellow at the Callier Center for Communication Disorders at University of Texas at Dallas. He received his PhD in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Vanderbilt University in 2020. His research focuses on investigating the impact of quality of auditory environments on the development of language and speech perception in noise skills in children, particularly those at risk of communication delays. On his research, Dr. Benítez-Barrera uses several techniques including EEG and recordings of children’s natural environments (i.e., LENA technology).
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