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Auditory Learning Using a Portable Real-Time Vocoder (Casserly et al., 2015)

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posted on 01.06.2015, 00:00 by Elizabeth D. Casserly, David B. Pisoni
Purpose Although traditional study of auditory training has been in controlled laboratory settings, interest has been increasing in more interactive options. The authors examine whether such interactive training can result in short-term perceptual learning, and the range of perceptual skills it impacts.
Method Experiments 1 (N = 37) and 2 (N = 21) used pre- and posttest measures of speech and nonspeech recognition to find evidence of learning (within subject) and to compare the effects of 3 kinds of training (between subject) on the perceptual abilities of adults with normal hearing listening to simulations of cochlear implant processing. Subjects were given interactive, standard lab-based, or control training experience for 1 hr between the pre- and posttest tasks (unique sets across Experiments 1 & 2).
Results Subjects receiving interactive training showed significant learning on sentence recognition in quiet task (Experiment 1), outperforming controls but not lab-trained subjects following training. Training groups did not differ significantly on any other task, even those directly involved in the interactive training experience.
Conclusions Interactive training has the potential to produce learning in 1 domain (sentence recognition in quiet), but the particulars of the present training method (short duration, high complexity) may have limited benefits to this single criterion task.


This study was supported in part by the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Grants R01-00111 and T32-DC00012 to David Pisoni at Indiana University. This research appeared as part of the doctoral dissertation of the first author. We thank Kate Sherwood for her dedication in data collection for Experiment 1, Geoffrey Bingham for advice during the transition between Experiments 1 and 2, and Charles Brandt for technical support.