The Motor Speech and Prosody Research Lab, directed by Frank R. Boutsen, Ph.D. aims to design, develop, and establish production-perception research in speech and language with emphasis on prosody.
- Improve computational methods pertaining to quantification of the acoustics of speech and language.
- In collaboration with other labs, investigate neuro-behavioral correlates of speech/language production and perception.
- Apply research findings in clinical applications.
In a joint project with the VAMC Center for Alzheimer's and Neurodegenerative Disorders
, we are investigating the influence of prosody and affect on the visual processing of faces. The Motor Speech and Prosody Research Lab also entertains a close working relationship with the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
at OU Norman. In cooperation with INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation
, and the Parkinson Foundation of Oklahoma
, we are investigating the effect of “SPEAK OUT! ®” speech therapy on prosody in persons with Parkinson’s disease. Investigations into the neural correlates of prosody are being carried out in collaboration with the OU Visual Neuroscience Laboratory