ASA Providence

Had a great time at the Acoustical Society meeting in Providence this week. I presented my poster “Effects of cognitive load on selective and divided auditory spatial attention”; responses were generally quite favorable, though traffic was constant enough that I had little time to explore the other posters. The panel discussion following the special session on Determinants of Speech Perception was especially lively and thought-provoking, centering mostly on what speech scientists mean by phonetic or phonological “categories,” and including a call to action for models of speech processing to take into account what is neurobiologically plausible given our current knowledge of functional neuroanatomy.