Welcome to the ANEx Lab at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign! Our research focuses on the development of the human auditory brain, over the course of both the individual and species lifetime. We study how experience with the acoustic environment, including acoustic communication (i.e., speech), shapes the auditory brain and affects our perceptual capabilities. One current focus is on premature infants–a vulnerable population whose premature birth and abnormal early auditory/sensory experience can put them at risk for cognitive deficits. Another focus is on extended high-frequency hearing loss–a common condition we each have or likely will experience as we age. To find out more, please visit our Research page.


Monday, May 4, 2020

Congratulations to Ana Sabic and Paige Valente for presenting a poster at The University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Symposium! Their poster presentation explains how early fetal sound exposure during a mothers preganacy is related to a more mature auditory pathway at three months of age. These findings may suggest that expecting mothers should immerse themselves in a richer sound environment, specifically greater exposure to speech and language throughout their pregnancy. Future directions of research include using these results to potentially aid in identifying the effects of different auditory environments such as the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). 


Monday, February 24, 2020

Congratulations to Jenna Rock and Molly Cull for their new 2020 publication on neonatal intensive care unit incubators that reduce lanuage and noise levels more than the womb. Their article has been published in the Journal of Perinatology and help researchers in understanding the effects on language exposure within a NICU incubator!