Biosciences Graduate Program

Bob M. McMurray, BA, PhD


Associate Professor of Psychology
Associate Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders

Contact Information

Office: E11 SSH
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-408

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BA, Psychology, Cornell University
PhD, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Research Summary

My research broadly concerns how people recover the meaning of spoken language as it unfolds in real-time, and in particular how they cope with the vast amount of variability in the speech signal. To this end, we use techniques like head-mounted eye-tracking, event-related potentials and inter-cranial brain recording to examine some of the earliest sensory representations of speech. I apply both developmental and individual differences approaches to this question examining typically developing infants and children, as well as those with language or hearing-impairments, particularly children with specific language impairment or who use cochlear implants. Finally, in order to understand possible mechanisms I construct computational models using statistical learning, neural network and dynamical systems approaches.

Date Last Modified: 06/06/2016 - 13:17:48