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Spoken Language Processing Lab

Brittan A. Barker, Ph.D., Director


Lab Happenings

Check out this first view of our work exploring the influence of foreign accent on preschoolers' word recognitiona nd story comprehension. Discoveries are happening all the time in the Spoken Language Processing Lab. We are currently recruiting children aged 2.5 to 3.5 years for a study looking at how young listeners learn new words. If you or someone you know might be interested in helping us out, please check out our site's participation section and know that compensation is provided. We have new studies starting every day, so stay posted to learn what we find out next!

Welcome to the SLP lab


The Spoken Language Processing (SLP) Laboratory is directed by Dr. Brittan Barker and housed in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Louisiana State University. Our multilayer research program focuses on spoken language processing across the lifespan. The long-term goal of our research is to describe and understand how people learn language through listening, thus enabling us to establish evidence-based listening programs for people with hearing loss. We work toward this end point by examining spoken language processing within people of all ages—from infancy to adulthood—in the subfield of talker-specific spoken language processing.

Thank you for visiting our site. Please take some time to look around and learn more about our research program. If you're local...please consider volunteering for one of our studies. We truly couldn't complete our work without people like you!


Dr. Barker ~ Dr. Brittan Barker 

SLP Lab News

May 2014

It's that time of year again! Spring semester is always bitter-sweet in the SLP lab. We celebrate the lab members tons of successes while also bidding them farewell as they head off to bigger and better things. We're going to focus on the celebration right now and share with you all the successes!

Last month, Brianne Thibodeaux learned that she was awarded Distinguished Communicator Certification. This is an elite recognition earned by only a select group of undergraduates at LSU and we are proud to report that Brianne is the second SLP lab alumnus to earn this status. Chelsi Gibbons also marked an important event in her academic career last month when she successfully defended her Master's thesis entitled, "Improving the Reliability of Caregivers' Responses on the Infant-Toddler Meaningful Auditory Integration Scales (IT-MAIS) via Video".

Finally, I would like to present to you our graduates. Brianne Thibodeaux, Kelly Oser, and Andrea Vargas all earned their B.A. degrees this year while Chelsi Gibbons and Rachelle Eugster completed their M.A. degrees in Speech-Language Pathology. We couldn't be more proud this month in the SLP lab!

October 2013

Boy, does time fly! Fall semester is already in full swing and so are research studies in the SLP lab. We've had a busy semester thus far in the lab, but our new toddler word-learning study is going smoothly and we couldn't be happier. We continue to have an amazing volunteer research staff this semester and we're excited to welcome a couple of new ladies as well: Brianne Thibodeaux and Jenny Ladmirault are both undergraduate students majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders here at LSU. We look forward to introducing you to each of them when you visit the lab.

Finally, we are gearing up for a number of research conferences that are happening before the year's end. Dr. Barker attended the first ever conference of the American Cochlear Implant Alliance. There she presented our lab's IT-MAIS research and spent time on The Hill where she advocated for early intervention and parent education regarding pediatric cochlear implants. We were thrilled to be a part of ACI's initial endeavor—combining research, clinic, and parent education is our favorite mission in the SLP lab. Next up, in November, we're taking a trip up to the windy city of Chicago to present our research at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association's annual conference. As you can see, it's definitely an exciting time in the SLP lab and we're glad you stopped by our site to learn more.

Dr. B in DC