Antje Heinrich
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    M13 9PL Manchester

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My research interest is to understand how different groups of listeners process speech – from the initial auditory signal to the final understanding of and response to the message. 

I have worked on such different aspects as (1) how memory performance can be used as a measure of effortfulness of speech-in-noise perception, (2) how acoustic phonetic properties of speech affect listening, and (3) how auditory information and cognitive demands combine in BOLD response. Much of my work focusses on younger and older native English listeners but I also investigate listening in non-native English listeners, listeners with hearing loss and hearing aid wearers. My current focus is two-fold:

(1) a more theory-guided understanding of the importance of auditory and cognitive processes for speech perception

(2) working towards translating this understanding into clinical practice via targeted diagnostics of key parameters of listening and their training, as well as effective measurement of listening effort.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, University of Toronto

1 Sept 200131 Mar 2005

Award Date: 30 Nov 2005

Master in Science, Technische Universitat Dresden

1 Dec 199531 Jul 2001

Award Date: 11 Mar 2001

Master of Arts, University of Toronto

1 Sept 199931 Aug 2000

Award Date: 31 Aug 2000

MRC Institute of Hearing Research

1 Jan 201131 Dec 2017

University of Cambridge

1 Jan 200831 Dec 2010

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

1 Apr 200531 Dec 2007

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology
  • speech perception
  • auditory processing
  • hearing loss
  • aging
  • phonetics
  • cognition
  • listening effort

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Digital Futures


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