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Jun 1, 2023
Hearing, Speech, and Langua...
The Learning Lab for Kids with Implants (KiWI Lab) – Kristen Thornton
“How do children with access to degraded auditory information learn new words?” This question
guides the work in our lab. We work with kids to try to understand how they learn new information and
what we can do to help them better learn new information. Currently, we know very little about word
learning in children with hearing loss who use cochlear implants, so we are currently investigating
differences in word learning success and strategies, at the level of the individual. The goal of this
work is to better explain the large discrepancy in individual differences in learning across this
Our research is conducted in a sound-shielded booth. We use a Tobii ProFusion eye tracking system
and video recording cameras to record child looking behaviors while learning new information. We
also examine the efficacy hearing assistive technologies, like remote microphones, in the lab space.
PI: Dr. Kristen Thornton, Assistant Professor
Dr. Cassie Bosworth, Columbia University
Dr. Claire Buxton, Children’s National Hospital
Dr. Katie Faulkner, Oticon, Denmark
Dr. Jillian McCarthy, University of Tennessee
Current funding for the KiWI lab includes:
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