PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT: Conference on "Cognitive Hearing Science for Communication", to be held June 19-22, 2011, in Linköping, Sweden.
The goal of this meeting is to bring together researchers in all fields, basic and applied, who are interested in the interplay between cognitive and hearing factors in communication. When the language input is degraded (due to challenging conditions, sensory impairment, or processing applied by hearing aids or implants), the quality of the 'bottom-up' signal may not be sufficient to yield accurate perception, and the individual may rely on a variety of compensatory ‘top-down’ processes, based in cognitive abilities, and in knowledge and experience, to optimize understanding. Increased perceptual processing demands may also tax higher-level cognitive processing. The goal of this meeting is to describe, in persons with and without hearing impairment and in the profoundly deaf, how cognitive and compensatory factors interact with processing of the 'bottom-up' signal in communication, and how this may change over the lifespan.
The conference will include invited speakers, open papers, and posters. The first call for abstracts will be announced in September 2010, with a deadline in January 2011.
The conference is organized through the Linnaeus Centre for Hearing and Deafness (Linnaeus HEAD), funded by a 10-year Linnaeus Grant from the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). See http://www.ibl.liu.se/cdd/ihv/linnecentrum-head/om-linnecentrum-head?l=en for more information.
We encourage you, and your colleagues and trainees, to keep this meeting in mind as you plan your travel for next year. We look forward to seeing you in Linköping!
with best wishes,
The Organizing Committee