Shawn A. Weil, M.A. 2001, Ph.D. 2003

Ph.D. (2003), Cognitive/Experimental Psychology, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Research Interests

During my graduate training at Ohio State, I studied the way in which human listeners handle intense variability in the acoustic speech signal. Despite variations in pitch, rate, manner, and dysfunction, listeners have a startling ability to understand spoken language. Understanding how this is accomplished may give clues about the organization of the language as a cognitive process. A prototypical example of this variability is foreign accented speech (FAS). Many people report that they tend to understand a FAS talker better with more exposure to the accented speech. Furthermore, people also report that exposure to one talker with an accent helps when a similarly accented talker is encountered.

Current Position

Director, Modeling & Simulation – Aptima, Inc

http://www.aptima.com/about_aptima.php?subPage=aboutTeamSenior#ShawnWeil

Publications

Weil, S.A. (2003). The Impact of Perceptual Dissimilarity on the Perception of Foreign Accented Speech. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation. The Ohio State University.

Weil, S.A. (2003). The Impact of Phonetic Dissimilarity on the Perception of Foreign Accented Speech. Poster presented at the 146th Meeting of the Acousitcal Society of America, Austin, TX.

Weil, S.A. (2002). Comparing Intelligibility of Several Non-Native Accent Classes in Noise. Poster presented at the 7th International Conference on Spoken Language Processing, Denver, CO, September 2002.

Crawley, E.J., Acker-Mills, B.E., Pastore, R.E., & Weil, S.A. (2002). Change detection in multi-voice music: The role of musical structure, musical training, and task demands. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 28(2), 367-378.

Weil, S.A. (2001). Foreign Accented Speech: Adaptation and Encoding. Poster presented at the 141th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Chicago, IL.

Weil, S.A. (2001). Foreign Accented Speech: Adaptation and Generalization. Unpublished Master's Thesis. The Ohio State University.

Weil, S.A. (2000). Perception of Foreign Accents Over Time. Poster presented at Cogfest 2000. Center for Cognitive Science, Ohio State University; Columbus, OH. Chart Graphs.

Weil, S.A. (1999). Interpreting Gerner Interference. Poster presented at the 138th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Columbus, OH.

Hobbies

I enjoy spending time with my wonderful wife Beren Gayle.

Contact Information

Email Address:

shawn.weil[at]yahoo.com (just replace 'at' with '@')