Auditory Perception Lab

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Jennifer J. Lentz, PhD


1998 PhD Bioengineering University of Pennsylvania
1993 MSE Bioengineering University of Pennsylvania
1989 BS Biomedical Engineering University of Iowa


My research interests include human auditory perception in normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners and the application of psychological models to perceptual phenonmena. In particular, I am interested in how the auditory system represents distinct auditory signals and how the auditory system integrates relevant information to yield a unified auditory percept. Our lab also evaluates the effects of hearing loss on those perceptual processes. Recent work has been aimed towards evaluating the abilities of the normal and impaired auditory system to integrate information across frequency. We also have been exploring how this process works in the presence of competing signals. Recent publications that more thoroughly develop these ideas are

Lentz, JJ, He, Y., & Townsend, J. T. (2014) "A new perspective on binaural integration using response time methodology: super capacity revealed in conditions of binaural masking release," Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 1-16. [pdf]

Shen, Y and Lentz, JJ (2010) "Effect of fast-acting compression on modulation detection interference for normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 127, 3654-3665. [pdf]

Shen, Y and Lentz, JJ (2009) "Level dependence in behavioral measurements of auditory-filter phase characteristics," J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 126, 2501-2510. [pdf]

Valentine S and Lentz JJ (2008) "Broadband auditory stream segregation by hearing-impaired and normal-hearing listeners," J Speech Lang Hear Res. 51(5), 1341-1352.[pdf]

Lentz JJ (2007) "Variation in spectral-shape discrimination weighting functionsat different stimulus levels and signal strengths," J Acoust Soc Am. 122(3), 1702-1712. [pdf]

Lentz JJ (2006) "Spectral-peak selection in spectral-shape discrimination by normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners." J Acoust Soc Am. 120(2), 945-956. [pdf]


Fall Introduction to Audiometric Testing (SPHS S474)
Fall Topics: Read my Lips! (COLL E105)
Spring Introduction to Psychoacoustics (SPHS S678)



Dr. Jennifer Lentz


Jennifer J. Lentz
Associate Professor
Dept. of Speech and Hearing Sciences
Room C145