Professor Cathi Best presents research lecture in Barbados

MARCS BabyLab is pleased to announce that researcher Professor Cathi Best recently gave a distinguished lecture at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill, Barbados.

Cathi presented the lecture on Monday 27 October, which was titled "Spoken word recognition across regional accent variation: Development in young children".

The talk discussed a current word learning and vocabulary research project at MARCS BabyLab, specifically, how toddlers 'hear through' differences in accent to understand words.

The lecture forms part of Professor Best's role as the International Speech Communication Association's (ISCA) Distinguished Lecturer for the 2014-2015 term, in which she was appointed to earlier this year.

ISCA established the Distinguished Lecturers Program in order to send Distinguished Lecturers to different parts of the world to give lectures that will help promote research activities on speech science and technology.

As part of being appointed as a Distinguished Lecturer, Professor Best committed to at least two lecture tours in a two-year term, including possible travel to regions specifically identified as under-represented in ISCA programs, such as China, India, Eastern Europe, Latin America, South and West Asia, and Africa.

Thanks to Cathi for taking the time to communicate and discuss some of our BabyLab research internationally.

You can find out more about research conducted at MARCS BabyLab by visiting our research page.