Our aim is to find new routes to improve the quality of life of older adults, by targeting communication.
We are investigating the premise that age-related reductions in the quality of sensory input result in less efficient cognitive functioning, specifically when communicating in adverse environments (such as a noisy restaurant). In other words, can we improve cognitive processing in older age by improving the quality of the sensory input?
We also investigate the different routes for the perception of emotions in spoken language, the validity of neuropsychological tests in older adults, speech perception in adverse conditions, and the impact of threat on attention.
The CANlab is equipped with state-of-art technology, including auditory equipment and eye-tracker technology that provide an on-line measure of speech perceptions as words unfold in real-time.
The lab is supported by various national and international grants and has many international collaborators -- notably with the University of Toronto, Washington University at St. Louis, Brandeis University, University of Kaiserslautern, Vrije University Amsterdam, and the MRC Institute, UK.