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Department of Psychology
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Office: Beecher Hall, 408
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Questioning Wisdom

Starlings and sleep consolidation

Howard Nusbaum



Brandeis University, B.A., Psychology, Computer Science, 1976
SUNY at Buffalo, Ph.D., Cognitive Psychology, 1981.
Indiana University, NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship,1984

Professional experience:

1984-1986 Assistant Research Scientist, Speech Research Laboratory, Indiana University.
1986-1989 Assistant Professor, Committee on Cognition and Communication, Dept of Behavioral Sciences, The University of Chicago.
1989-2001 Associate Professor, Committees on Cognition and Communication and Biopsychology, Dept of Psychology
2001 Full Professor, Dept of Psychology
1990-1993 Chair, Committee on Cognition and Communication.
1997-2009 Chair, Dept of Psychology


2007            The University of Chicago Future Faculty Mentorship Award.

Research Interests

Spoken language use, attention, learning, memory consolidation and sleep, working memory, affect, categorization, cortical mechanisms of language use and cognitive processing, cognitive neuropharmocology, use of speech technology, cognitive engineering and human factors

Recent Publications

Gentner, T. Q., Fenn, K. M., Margoliash, D., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2006).  Recursive syntactic pattern learning by songbirds.  Nature, 440, 1204-1207.

Shintel, H., Nusbaum, H. C., & Okrent, A. (2006).  Analog acoustic expression in speech communication. Journal of Memory and Language, 55, 167-177.

Magnuson, J. S., & Nusbaum, H. C.  (2007).  Acoustic differences, listener expectations, and the perceptual accommodation of talker variability.  Journal of Experimental Psychology:  Human Perception and Performance, 33, 391-409.

Skipper, J. I., van Wassenhove, V., Nusbaum, H. C., & Small, S. L. (2007). Hearing lips and seeing voices: How cortical areas support speech production mediate audiovisual speech perception. Cerebral Cortex, 17, 2387-2399.

Shintel, H., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2007). The sound of motion in spoken language: Visual information conveyed by acoustic properties of speech. Cognition, 105, 681-690.

Hasson, U., Nusbaum, H. C., & Small, S. L. (2007). Brain networks subserving the extraction of sentence information and its encoding to memory. Cerebral Cortex, 17. 2899-2913.

Hasson, U., Skipper, J. I., Nusbaum, H. C., & Small, S. L. (2007). Abstract coding of audiovisual speech: Beyond sensory representation, Neuron, 56, 1116-1126.

Shintel, H., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2008). Moving to the speed of sound: Context modulation of the effect of acoustic properties of speech. Cognitive Science, 32, 1063-1074.

Brawn, T. P., Fenn, K. M., Nusbaum, H. C., & Margolash, D. (2008). Consolidation of sensorimotor learning during sleep. Learning & Memory, 15, 815-819.

Francis, A. & Nusbaum, H. C. (2009). Effects of intelligibility on working memory demand for speech perception. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 71, 1360-1374.

Nusbaum, H. C. & Cacioppo, J. T. (2009). Expanding neuroeconomics. Harvard College Economics Review, 3, 39-42.

Fenn, K. M., Gallo, D. A., Margoliash, D., Roediger III, H. L., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2009). Reduced false memory after sleep. Learning & Memory, 16, 509-513.

Luhrman, T. M., Nusbaum, H., & Thisted, R. (2009). Culture and the problem of proclivity: hearing God in evangelical Christianity. American Anthropologist, in press.

Margoliash, D., & Nusbaum, H. C. (2009). Language: the perspective from organismal biology. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 13, 505-510.

 Brawn, T., Nusbaum, H. C., & Margoliash, D. (2010). Sleep-dependent consolidation of auditory discrimination learning in adult starlings. Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 609-613.

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