Psychology | Seminar in Cognitive Psychology
P747 | 3511 | D. Pisoni
In this course we will consider a number of problems dealing
with spoken word recognition. We are interested in both how
words are organized and stored in the mental lexicon and how
they are accessed from the acoustic-phonetic information in the
speech signal. We will review and critically analyze Logogen
Theory, Autonomous Search Theory, LAFS, Cohort Theory, TRACE,
Neighborhood Activation Model (NAM), SHORTLIST and PARSYN.
Central to our approach is a concern for frequency, density and
context effects in word recognition and the interaction of various
knowledge sources employed in spoken language processing. We will
also consider the role of "indexical" properties of speech and
discuss some recent investigations of spoken word recognition and
voice identification and the neural mechanisms employed in spoken
Text: Denes, P.B. & Pinson, E.N. The Speech Chain, 2nd ed.
Pisoni, D.B. Supplemental Course Notes and Readings for P747.
Requirements: Attend all classes, do all readings and contribute
actively to all class discussions.
Exams: There will be two take-home examinations in this course:
A midterm exam and a final exam. The midterm will cover all
the material from the first section of the course; the final will
cover the material from the second half of the course although it
will also contain questions relevant to all the material covered in
the seminar. Both exams will consist of short-answer and essay-
type questions based on information in the lectures, assigned
reading materials, and class discussions. Your final grade in this
course will be based on your performance on the two take-
home exams, two brief research proposals described below as
well as your class participation.
Research Proposals: In addition to the two take-home exams,
each student will be required to write up and submit two brief
research proposals on an interesting and important topic from
each section of the course. One proposal will be on speech
perception and one will be on some aspect of spoken word
recognition, lexical access or spoken language processing.
The proposals may be handed in along with the take-home
examinations or at an earlier point in the semester.