School of Communication Sciences and Disorders news
Dr. Pell's study on 'GROWLS, LAUGHS AND SOBS ARE BETTER THAN WORDS AT CONVEYING EMOTION' has been covered recently by various sources of Media. A new study by researchers at Canada's McGill University has found that humans pay more attention when an emotion is expressed through a vocalisation than we do when the same emotion is put into words.
It takes just one-tenth of a second for our brains to begin to recognize emotions conveyed by vocalizations, according to researchers from McGill. It doesn’t matter whether the non-verbal sounds are growls of anger, the laughter of happiness or cries of sadness. More importantly, the researchers have also discovered that we pay more attention when an emotion (such as happiness, sadness or anger) is expressed through vocalizations than we do when the same emotion is expressed in speech.
The article “A Randomized Trial of 12-Week Interventions for the Treatment of Developmental Phonological Disorder in Francophone Children,” authored by Dr. Susan Rvachew and Dr. Francoise Brosseau-Lapre (former doctoral student currently Assistant Professor at Purdue University) has been selected to appear as the featured Research Tuesday article on the social media channels the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association this Tuesday, December 15, 2015. The article will be temporarily open access at this link:
Sarcasm, white lies and teasing can be difficult to identify for those with certain disorders – new video inventory developed at McGill may help
CFI invests $1.2 million to boost excellence in research at McGill with Prof. Nicole Li as one of the recipients
McGill reports $1.2 mil investment from Canada Foundation for Innovation to boost excellence in research at McGill. Professor Nicole Li from the School of Communication Sciences and Disorders is one of the recipients of the funding. Congratulations! Click here to read the article.
CBC, CJAD and Smithsonian Magazine have interviewed Dr. Linda Polka on the study of how babies prefer the sound of other babies. This study was conducted by Ph.D. student Matthew Masapollo, Linda Polka and UQAM colleague Lucie Menard.
We are looking for smart, hard-working, and fun individuals to join our voice team. We currently have positions at doctoral and post-doctoral levels. We are looking for individuals with strong background in biomedical engineering, systems biology and/ or are proficient in computer programming with C++. For interested individuals, please send the CV, unofficial transcripts and a short description of why you're interested in our work to nicole [dot] li [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Dr. Nicole Li).
Thank you to all of you who attended the spring Clinical Outreach Speaker Series presentation by Dr. Jutras "What do we know about central auditory processing disorder?" Attendees and those who were regrettably unable to make it may benefit from the slide handout generously provided by Dr. Jutras.
Check out SCSD's research being covered in recent media! McGill Reporter covers research at Dr. Aparna Nadig's PoP lab on providing support for adults with autism. Forbes reports on Drs. Marc Pell and Xiaoming Jiang's research on how the brain detects confidence in voices faster than you can blink.
World Voice Day announces new coordinators for 2015, including our very own Dr. Nicole Li! Click here to read the article. To learn more and register for World Voice Day at McGill, please visit the events page.
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New Scientist covered research done at Dr. Marc Pell's Neuropragmatics and Emotion Lab on how the brain decodes vocal cues about speaker confidence. Click here to read article.