‘Listening to Faces’ examines communication skills of kids with autism
NEW HAVEN — Most of us look at our companion’s face when they’re speaking.
“There’s a lot of information on the face, not just identity,” explains Haskins Scientist Julia Irwin, an associate professor of psychology at Southern Connecticut State University. “I know how you feel but I can also see the visible articulation of your speech.” But, children with autism often avoid eye contact, and don’t look at other’s faces during verbal exchanges See the interview below..
Philip Rubin named to American Academy of Arts & Sciences
Commission on Learning
Philip Rubin, former Principal Assistant Director for Science, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Senior Advisor to the President, Haskins Laboratories was named to the Commission. « Read the News Release »
Dr. Pugh Recognized as Champion of Children
Dr. Kenneth R. Pugh was recognized as a ‘Champion of Children’ during Read to Grow’s 15th anniversary celebration on April 25th in Portland, CT. The Connecticut nonprofit promotes early childhood literacy.
Dr. Pugh’s leadership, research, and medical and academic accomplishments at Haskins Laboratories, Yale University, University of Connecticut and elsewhere in the nation and around the world.
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SCSU researchers looking for underlying communication difficulties among those with autism
“Haskins brings together neuroscientists, psychologists, linguists and engineers from across the world to understand human language. It’s not an easy task. Haskins must draw from many disciplines — speech is not simply a sound. It’s intertwined with the faces we see, the words we read, the ways we move our mouths. Haskins isn’t just about silence in a walled-off room of cones. . . . It’s about words, spoken and written. It’s about connection and communication, and about the moments when these connections crack."
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Study Aims to Find Source of Childhood Autism Language Problems
Haskins Senior Scientist and SCSU Associate Professor Julia Irwin explains study focused on improving communication skills of children with autism
NEW HAVEN >> With his eyes tightly shut, Jerren Farrison sat while a net with dozens of electrodes was fitted over his head and face.
What must be a somewhat intimidating-looking net in the eyes of a 6-year-old will report out which parts of Jerren’s brain is working and when it is during different activities.
« Read the article in the New Haven Register »
The book will not only familiarize anyone who reads to young children with the essentials of promoting early and emerging literacy, but also contains more than 25 ready-to-go activities that can be immediately used to foster this critical skill development. « Read more »
Embracing Dyslexia: The Interviews - Dr. Ken Pugh
Published on Feb 23, 2014
Dr. Ken Pugh is President, Director of Research and a Senior Scientist at Haskins Laboratories in New Haven, Connecticut. He is also the Director of the Yale Reading Center.
Dr. Pugh's primary contributions have been in the areas of cognitive neuroscience and psycholinguistics. He was among the first scientists to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to reveal brain activity associated with reading and reading disabilities including those with dyslexia.
Levels of key brain chemicals predict children’s reading ability
New Haven, Conn. – Reading-impaired young children have higher levels of the metabolites
glutamate and choline in their brains, and these higher levels continue to be indicative of
difficulties in developing typical reading and language skills, a Yale study has found. The study
appears in the Journal of Neuroscience.
Haskins President and Director of Research Kenneth Pugh says researchers there have done extensive work on reading and writing development with a significant focus on dyslexia. He is often cited as an early user of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which can visually represent the brain activity that takes place during different cognitive tasks. « Read More »
RLE Remembers Professor Ken Stevens
He made many significant contributions to speech research, with some of the most highly cited articles in the field. His book, Acoustic Phonetics, is a touchstone for the analysis of the speech signal. He was very active in the Acoustical Society of America -- serving as President, and receiving the Silver Medal in Speech, and Gold Medal -- and heading the Speech Research Laboratory of Electronics at MIT, supervising numerous graduate and post-doctoral students. At Haskins Laboratories, we were fortunate to have him serve on the Board of Directors from 1996 to 2005. « Read More »
Researchers Unlock the "Sound of Learning" by Linking Sensory and Motor Systems
Learning to talk also changes the way speech sounds are heard, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by scientists at Haskins Laboratories, a Yale-affiliated research laboratory. The findings could have a major impact on improving speech disorders. « Read More »