Our research facilities are located in the ComArtSci and the Oyer Speech & Hearing buildings on the Michigan State University campus. There are eight research laboratories, as well as shared research spaces for faculty and student use. These communication labs have several sound-treated booths, an anechoic chamber, as well as a highly reverberant room. All laboratories are equipped with state-of-the-art hardware and software to enable researchers in conducting the highest quality research. The department also provides several opportunities, space and resources for students (undergraduate and graduate) to participate in research.
Brain Systems for Language Lab (BSL Lab)
Research in the Brain for Systems Language Lab focuses on development of neural systems for language, including cognitive skills such as attention and inhibition, in children with typical development and communication disorders. This research employs a comprehensive approach to studying language development, including behavioral and neurophysiology methods, such as electoencephalography (EEG). Dr. Hampton-Wray is head of this lab.
Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Development Lab
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Development Lab Conducts research on neurocognitive mechanisms that underlie language development and disorders in monolingual and bilingual children. The lab has a focus on reading, studying neural correlates of reading in bilingual and multilingual children and adults. It also studies early identification and intervention of developmental dyslexia using a multimodal neuroimaging method. This lab is run by Dr. Fan Cao.
The goal of the Lingo Lab is to better understand 1) how children with autism spectrum disorders learn language; 2) why some children learn language more easily than others, and 3) what can be done to help those who have difficulty. Dr. Courtney Venker is in charge of this lab.
The LiTL Lab studies articulation forces and associated efforts with a goal of developing novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to improve communication in people with neurological disease or head & neck cancer. The LiLT Lab is underneath Dr. Searl's research.
The MSU Speech Lab investigates speech perception and production in order to better understand the mechanisms underlying both normal and disrupted speech communication. A particular focus is on the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying perception and production of speech prosody, defined as the pitch, timing, and rhythm, and loudness of speech. Dr. Laura Dilley is the lead researcher in this lab.
The facilities of the Rooms Laboratory include an anechoic chamber and a reverberant room. Both are used in an ongoing series of psychophysical studies of sound localization and binaural hearing. Goals of this research are to better understand the human ability to localize sounds, and to inform the design of devices that may enhance that ability, especially for persons with hearing loss. Dr. Brad Rakerd is in charge of this lab.
Spartan Stuttering Lab
The Spartan Stuttering Lab is dedicated to research, education, and service related to stuttering and other fluency disorders. Research examines the underlying causes of speech disruptions, as well as the development and assessment of comprehensive treatment approaches to treating stuttering across the lifespan. Leading the way in this lab is Dr. Yaruss.
The Speech Neurophysiology Lab conducts research on the neural bases of speech perception and production and the pathophysiology of developmental stuttering, using multimodal neuroimaging and behavioral experimentation. The Speech Neurophysiology Lab is run by Dr. Soo-Eun Chang.
The Voice Biomechanics and Acoustics Laboratory studies all aspects of the voice mechanism and production, which includes a spectrum of topics, from the underlying physiology to the biomechanics and resultant acoustics of voice production to acoustic sound propagation. Dr. Eric J. Hunter leads the research in the VBALAB.
Voice and Speech Laboratory
The Voice and Speech Laboratory conducts research on the perception of voice quality and speech intelligibility in patients with a variety of speech, hearing and voice disorders, with a goal to understand and model these behaviors. The findings are applied to develop better tools for the assessment and rehabilitation of patients with voice/speech disorders, early detection of neurological disease and fitting or optimization of digital hearing devices. CSD's chairperson, Dr. Dimitar Deliyski, leads this lab.