Research seminar on Modeling the link between perception, attention and learning on 17.11.2017

When: Friday 17.11 @ 12:00 - 13:00

Where: TB248 (Joensuu) and F213 (Kuopio)

Who: D.Sc. (tech.) Okko Räsänen, Docent, Aalto Univ. (

Title: Modeling the link between perception, attention and learning:

case studies from the context of speech prosody


Abstract: Human perception is not passive ingestion of sensory data, but includes selecting and prioritizing different aspects of the environment over others. The cognitive mechanism(s) responsible for such a type of selective information processing are broadly referred to as attention. In this talk, I will give an overview to our team's recent research in modeling auditory attention in speech perception. I will especially focus on how prosodic prominence can be used to highlight different aspects of the speech stream, and how this type of information "highlighting" is potentially enabled by automatic and domain-general perceptual, learning, and attentional mechanisms in the listeners' brains, i.e., without assuming specialized linguistic mechanisms for analyzing the prosodic structure in the speech stream.