Institutions: McGill University, Department of Psychology, Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Research Interests: Psychophysics; Auditory cognition; Quantitative methods; Speech comprehension; Voice acoustics; Cocktail-party listening
Jens Kreitewolf is a psychologist and cognitive neuroscientist; his research focuses on the auditory system and its ability to solve everyday listening tasks, such as accomplishing robust speech comprehension under adverse listening conditions. He is particularly interested in an important yet often-overlooked aspect of speech comprehension—the human voice. How do normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners use acoustic voice features to navigate at the “cocktail party”? How does familiarity with a talker’s voice help speech comprehension? What makes a voice sound trustworthy, dominant, and attractive, and does this differ across languages? To answer these and other questions, he uses psychophysics, computational, and neuroimaging methods.