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Queen's University

Speech Perception and Production Lab




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L to R:  Heather Lockett, Justin Deonarine, Paul Plante, Jessica Wilfong, Nida Latif, Emily Dawber, Kevin Munhall, Agnès Alsius, Takashi Mitsuya, Celina Nahanni, Mike O’Grady.


Kevin Munhall

Kevin Munhall, PhD

Principle Investigator


Research Interests: Conversation is one of our most common and highly skilled activities. When we talk with other people, we perceive and produce a remarkable amount of social, emotional and linguistic information. This information is conveyed visually through the movements of our face and body and acoustically through our voice. In my laboratory, we study the perceptual and cognitive activities that make conversation possible.  We use a variety of experimental techniques such as eye tracking, motion capture, animation and psychophysics to explore the multisensory processes and brain structures that are involved in face-to-face communication.

Selected Publications

MacDonald E.N., Johnson E.K., Forsythe J., Plante P., & Munhall K.G. (2012). Children's Development of Self-Regulation in Speech Production. Current Biology, 22,  113-117.

Buchan, J.N. & Munhall, K.G. (2012). The Effect of a Concurrent Cognitive Load Task and Temporal Offsets on the Integration of Auditory and Visual Speech Information, Seeing and Perceiving, 25, 87-106.

Mitsuya, T., MacDonald, E.N., Purcell, D.W. & Munhall, K.G. (2011). A cross-language study of compensation in response to real-time formant perturbation. Journal of Acoustical Society of America, 130, 2978-2986.

Mansour, J. K., Lindsay, R. C. L, Brewer, N., & Munhall, K. G. (2009). Characterizing visual behaviour on a lineup task. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 23:7, 1012-1026.

Munhall, K.G., ten Hove, M., Brammer, M., Paré, M. (2009). Audiovisual integration of speech in a bistable illusion.  Current Biology, 19, 1-5.

Agnes Alsius

Agnes Alsius, Post-Doctoral Fellow

Speech Perception and Production Laboratory

Department of Psychology

Queen's University

Area of research: Audiovisual speech perception; Speechreading; Crossmodal integration; Sensory feedback and motor control of speech production




Ph.D. Cognitive science and language program, Psychology, University of Barcelona, 2009

B.A. Psychology, University of Barcelona, 2003


Selected Publications


Alsius, A. & Munhall, K.G. (accepted for publication) Detection of audiovisual speech correspondences without visual awareness. Psychological Science.
Alsius, A., MacDonal, E. & Munhall, K (accepted for publication). Multi-modal speech perception. In Oxford Univeristy Press, Kevin Ochsner & Stephen Kosslyn (Eds.). The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Neuroscience.
Sanchez-Garcia, C., Alsius, A., Enns, J. & Soto-Faraco, S. (2011) Cross-modal prediction in speech perception. PlosOne 6(10):e25198
Alsius, A. & Soto-Faraco, S. (2011) Searching for audiovisual correspondence in speech. Experimental Brain Research. 213(2-3), 175-83.
Navarra, J., Alsius, A., Velasco, N., Soto-Faraco, S. & Spence, C. (2010). Perception of audiovisual speech synchrony for native and non-native language. Brain Research. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2010.01.059

Soto-Faraco, S. & Alsius, A. (2009). Deconstructing the McGurk-MacDonald illusion. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 35(2):580-7.

Navarra, J., Alsius, A., Soto-Faraco, S. & Spence, C.(2009). Assessing the role of attention in the audiovisual integration of speech. Informational Fusion, 11(1):4-11.

Koppen, C., Alsius, A. & Spence, C. (2008). Semantic congruency and the Colavita visual dominance effect. Experimental Brain Research, 184(4): 533-546. PDF 489 KB

Alsius, A., Navarra, J., & Soto-Faraco, S. (2007). Attention to touch weakens audiovisual speech integration. Experimental Brain Research, 183(3): 399-404. PDF 318 KB

Soto-Faraco, S. & Alsius, A. (2006). Conscious access to the unisensory components of a crossmodal illusion. Neuroreport, 18(4): 347-350. PDF 128 KB

Alsius, A., Navarra, J., Campbell, R. & Soto-Faraco, S.(2005). Audiovisual integration of speech falters under high attention demands.Current Biology. 9(15): 839-843. PDF 211 KB

Soto-Faraco, S., Sinnett, SC., Alsius, A., & Kingstone, A.(2005) Spatial orienting of tactile attention induced by gaze direction. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. 12(6): 1024-1031.PDF 373 KB

Soto-Faraco, S., Navarra, J., Sinnett, S., Alsius, A. (2004). La re-unificación de los sentidos.Reseña del libro: The Handbook of Multisensory Proceses. Cognitiva, 16: 257-259.

Soto-Faraco, S., Navarra, J., & Alsius, A. (2004). Assessing automaticity in audiovisual speech integration: Evidence from the speeded classification task, Cognition, 92: B13-B23. PDF 183 KB   


Nida Latif

Nida Latif

PhD Candidate co-supervised by Monica Castelhano



M.Sc. Psychology in Brain, Behaviour and Cognitive Sciences, Queen's University, 2012


B.Sc. (Hon) Psychology, McMaster University, 2010

Area of research: Visual perception; Gaze behaviour & Eye movement control;
Nonverbal communication; Social perception & Thin-Slice judgment


Selected Publications


Latif, N. (2012). Movement correlation as a nonverbal cue in the perception of affiliation in thin slices of behaviour (Master's Thesis). Queen's University, Kingson, Ontario.

Latif, N., Plante, P.M.J., Gehmacher, A., Munhall, K.G. & Castelhano, M.S. The influence of artistic compositional techniques on eye movement control and interpretation. Proceedings for Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, Journal of Vision, 12(9), p408.

Celina Nahanni


Celina Nahanni, M.Sc.

PhD candidate, co supervised Martin Paré




M.Sc. Neuroscience, Queen's University


Area of research: Integration of audiovisual communicative signals

Jessica Wilfong, Undergraduate Student

Paul Plante, Software Developer

Heather Lockett, Lab Coordinator


Former Lab Members:

Dr. Takashi Mitsuya
Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Western Ontario

Emily Dawber
Graduate student in Audiology at University of Western Ontario

Dr. Ewen MacDonald
Associate Professor of Department of Electrical Engineering at Technical University of Denmark

Dr. Julie Buchan   
User Experience Specialist at Akendi, Toronto, Ontario

Dr. Jamal Mansour
Assistant Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia

Dr. Ian Everdell

Dr. Andrea Downie
Psychologist, Children's Hospital of Western Ontario, London, Ontario

Dr. Jeffery A. Jones
Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Wilfrid Laurier University

Dr. Jorge Lucero
Associate Professor, Departamento de Matemática, Universidade de Brasilia

Dr. Karen Nicholson
Assistant Professor, Psychology Department, Mount Allison University

Dr. Michel Pitermann
INRIA Researcher, Laboratoire Parole et Langue, Université de Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France

Dr. Douglas M. Shiller
Postdoctoral Fellow, Departments of Psychology & Otolaryngology

Dr. David Purcell
Assistant Professor, National Centre for Audiology, University of Western Ontario

Dr. Hilmi Dajani
Assistant Professor, School of Information Technology and Engineering, University of Ottawa


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