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 ProUnlimited)

My research program probes cognitive, social, & emotional factors in speech communication.

Broadly, I am interested in:

  • Intelligibility: How do people adapt their speech across presumed and actual barriers (e.g., ASR systems, face-masks)? How do people adapt their listening based on these barriers?
  • Sociophonetics & voice technology: Do people perceive sociophonetic properties of text-to-speech (TTS) voices? How do people apply speech behaviors from human-human interaction to voice assistants?
  • Cognitive variation: How do cognitive factors shape the ways individuals produce and perceive speech (e.g., musical training, autistic-like traits, depressive characteristics)?

Types of methods I use:

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

Contact: mdcohn at ucdavis dot edu

Pronouns: she/her/hers

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