Associate Professor, Psychological and Brain Sciences
Family Research Scholar 2014-2015

Lisa Sanders investigates the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying auditory perception, speech processing, and selective attention across the lifespan. The goal of her research is to determine how attentional control and perceptual learning can lead to better perceptual outcomes, including understanding speech in background noise. To accomplish this goal, she uses behavioral, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging measures in listeners ranging from 20-months to 85-years of age. Sanders will be developing a grant proposal for a project entitled “Improving Older Adults’ Cognitive Control to Improve Perception of Speech in Noise.” She will be measuring the ability of older adults to localize sound in complex environments, to use spatial separation of a talker and noise to comprehend speech, and to use knowledge of how the sounds in a language typically work to boost understanding of speech in noisy environments. Improved communication in older adults is expected to support a higher quality of life for individuals and contribute to the success of their families.

CRF Grants:
National Institutes of Health: Natl Institute of Child Health and Human Development

"Temporally selective attention facilitates language processing in young children"

Proposal submitted to NIH June 10, 2014; not accepted for funding. Proposal to be resubmitted on July 16, 2015. 

Grant Status: Pending
Lisa Sanders