This type of adverse listening condition places demands on central cognitive resources and depletes resources available for listening. For older adults, listening is often already challenging due to age-related hearing loss. Further complicating the situation are those also suffering from age-related degenerative brain diseases (e.g. Alzheimer's); competing task demands alone could present tremendous difficulty due to limited cognitive resources.
This ongoing research project explores listening and speech comprehension under divided attention, concentrating on three population groups: normal-hearing older adults, hearing-impaired older adults, and normal-hearing young adults.
Co-InvestigatorCentre for Research in Language Development throughout the Lifespan (LaDeLi), University of Essex
Co-InvestigatorSpeech Lab, Department of Psychology, University of York
Professor Mathys is Director of Teaching and Learning at the Department of Psychology, University of York
Co-InvestigatorConsciousness and Cognition Lab, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge
Dr Bor is a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge