Spoken Language Processing Lab
Director: Brittan Barker, Ph.D.
The Spoken Language Processing Laboratory is directed by Dr. Brittan Barker and housed in the Department of Communicative Studies and Deaf Education at Utah State University. Our multilayer research program works to better understand how people of all ages learn through listening. Specifically, we want to understand how people can successfully learn about their world—even in situations when listening may be especially challenging (e.g., when listening to a teacher with a foreign accent or listening through a cochlear implant (CI) device). We believe that when we can better understand how people overcome listening challenges, we can then use that knowledge to help establish listening programs for people with hearing loss and empower them to be effective communicators throughout their lives.
Barker, B. A., Donovan, N. J., Schubert, A. D., & Walker, E. A. (2016). Using Rasch analysis to examine the item-level psychometrics of the Infant-Toddler Meaningful Auditory Integration Scales. Speech, Language and Hearing, 1-14. doi:10.1080/2050571X.2016.1243747
Muñoz, K., Nelson, L., & Barker, B. A. (2016). A review of Internet resources related to spoken language intervention for spanish-speaking parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing. Journal of Early Hearing Detection and Intervention, 1, 72-77.
Barker, B. A., & *Meyer Turner, L. (2015). Influences of foreign accent on preschoolers’ word recognition and story comprehension. Applied Psycholinguistics, 36, 1111-1132 doi: 10.1017/S0142716414000058
Barker, B. A., & *Mosley, C. (2013). The influence of multiple narrators on adults’ listening comprehension. The Proceedings of Meetings on Acoustics, 19, 060193.
Barker, B. A., Kenworthy, M. H., & Walker, E. A., (2011). How we do it: Employment of listening-development criteria during assessment of infants who use cochlear implants. Cochlear Implants International, 12, 57-59. soi: 10.1179/146701010X486543 [PMID 21756461]
Tomblin, J. B., Barker, B. A., & *Hubbs, S. (2007). Developmental constraints on language development in children with cochlear implants. International Journal of Audiology, 46, 512-523. doi: 10.1080/14992020701383043 [PMID 17828667]
Tomblin, J. B., Barker, B. A., Spencer, L. J., Zhang, X., & Gantz, B. J. (2005). The effect of age at cochlear implant stimulation on expressive language growth in infants and toddlers. Journal of Speech, Language, & Hearing Research, 48, 853-867. doi: 1092-4388/05/4804-0853 [PMID 16378478]
Barker, B. A., & Bass-Ringdahl, S. M. (2004). The effect of audibility on audio-visual speech perception in very young cochlear implant recipients. In R. T. Miyamoto (Ed.), Cochlear Implants: Proceedings of the VIII International Cochlear Implant Conference: International Congress Series, Vol. 1273 (pp. 316-319) San Diego: Elsevier Inc. doi: 10.1016/j.ics.2004.09.011
Barker, B. A., & Newman, R. S. (2004) Listen to your mother! The role of talker familiarity in infant streaming. Cognition, 94, B45-B53. doi: 10.1016/j.cognition.2004.06.001 [PMID 15582622]
Barker, B. A., & Tomblin, J. B. (2004). Comparing bimodal perception skills in infant hearing-aid and cochlear-implant users. Archives of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, 130, 582-586. [PMID 15148180]
Spencer, L. J., Barker, B. A., & Tomblin, J. B. (2003). Exploring literacy skills of pediatric cochlear implant users. Ear & Hearing, 24, 236-247. doi: 10.1097/01.AUD.0000069231.72244.9 [PMID 12799546]
Barker, B. A., & Newman, R. S. (2000). The cocktail party effect in infants: Following one's mother's voice. In S. C. Howell, S. A. Fish, & T. Keith-Lucas (Eds.), Proceedings of the 24th Annual Boston University Conference on Language Development (pp. 92-103). Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Press.