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Queen's University

People in the Lab

Julia Huyck
  • P.hD. Communication Sciences & Disorders, Cognitive Science Specialization; Northwestern University, 2010
  • M.A. Learning Disabilities; Northwestern University, 2006
  • B.S. Communication Sciences & Disorders, Audiology Concentration; Northwestern University, 2002


I am the newest member of the CONCH lab, having recently completed my Ph.D. at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, USA. My primary research interest is how the processes involved in auditory perception and perceptual learning change across the lifespan. In my dissertation project, I investigated the maturation of each of these aspects of perception. In terms of naive performance, I demonstrated long developmental courses for average performance and performance variability on several basic auditory tasks as well as transient sex differences on some tasks during adolescence. In terms of learning, my data indicate that, at least on the two auditory perceptual tasks examined (backward masking and temporal-interval discrimination), adolescents do not necessarily benefit from multiple-session training regimens that are successful for adults. Further, even the adolescents who do learn appear to do so at a different rate than adults. Thus, on these tasks, it appears that the processes involved in perceptual learning do not become mature until late in adolescence.


In addition to my dissertation research, I have been involved in several other projects including an evaluation of auditory perceptual learning in reading-impaired adults, a study involving perceptual training on a non-native speech contrast in listeners aged 10 to 90 years, an investigation of the acoustic properties of clear speech, and a comparison of written and spoken language samples from language-impaired and normally-developing children. I also have clinical experience with the diagnosis and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with learning disabilities.




Huyck, J.J. and Wright, B.A. (in press). "Late maturation of perceptual learning." Developmental Science.



Huyck, J.J. and Wright, B.A. (2010). "Transient sex differences during development on two auditory tasks attributable to earlier maturation in males, " Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. (A). Abstract selected for press release.


Huyck, J.J. and Wright, B.A. (2009). "Development of learning ability on tone detection in backward masking during adolescence." Abstracts of the Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. (A).


Huyck, J.J. and Wright, B.A. (2008). "Development of temporal-interval discrimination learning during adolescence," Abstracts of the Proceedings of the 31st Annual Mid-Winter Meeting of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology. (A).




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