Michelle Cohn

I’m a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Phonetics Lab in the UC Davis Department of Linguistics. I received my Ph.D in Linguistics in 2018 from UC Davis, as well. [bio]

I’m also currently a Visiting Researcher with the Google Responsible AI and Human-Centered Technology (HCT) User Experience (UX) Team. (provided by Magnit)

My research program aims to uncover the cognitive sources of variation in how people produce & perceive phonetic details in speech.

Broadly, I am interested in three main areas:

  1. Intelligibility: How do people adapt across presumed and actual barriers, such as automatic speech recognition (ASR) systems or wearing face-masks?
  2. Social connection / sociophonetics : What details do people perceive, mirror, and learn from human or text-to-speech (TTS) voices?
  3. Individual differences: What cognitive factors shape individual variation in the way people produce/perceive speech?

Types of methods I use:

  • experiments in speech perception / production
  • psycholinguistic paradigms
  • acoustic-phonetic analyses
  • user interaction studies (human-computer interaction)


mdcohn at ucdavis dot edut


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