SPACE lab

Courses taught at Vanderbilt University, 2013-2016

HRSP 8373: Signals and Systems for Hearing and Speech Scientists. (Stecker and Ramachandran) Principles of acoustics and signal processing for PhD students. Characterization of signals, linear and non-linear systems. MATLAB programming. Recording, editing, and analysis of audio materials. Computer-based laboratories on analysis and synthesis of signals. Spring 2016.

AUD 5359: Acoustics and Instrumentation for Audiology. (Stecker) Principles of acoustics, electronics, and signal processing for audiology students. Characterization of signals, linear and non-linear systems. Recording and editing of audio materials. Computer-based laboratories on analysis and synthesis of signals. Instrumentation for signal measurement and calibration: oscilloscopes, sound level meters, spectrum analyzers. Design, construction, and calibration of audiometers and transducers. Introduction to relevant ANSI and international standards. Fall 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

SLP 5301: Speech Acoustics. (Stecker and Abou-Khalil) Principles of acoustics and signal processing for speech/language students. Characterization of signals, linear and non-linear systems. Recording and editing of audio materials. Computer-based laboratories on analysis and synthesis of signals. Fall 2013.


Course taught at Helsinki University, 2014

Neuroscience and perception of sounds in space. (Stecker) Anatomy and physiology of the auditory system, with particular focus on the central auditory system and mechanisms of sound localization. Psychophysics of spatial hearing in human and animal listeners. Contemporary theories of spatial representation in the brain. Student projects reviewed advanced topics of interest. Winter 2014.


Courses taught at the University of Washington, 2005-2013

SPHSC 161: How do we hear where we hear what we hear? The science of auditory space. (Stecker) A hands-on introduction to the scientific method exploring the abilities of human listeners to localize sounds in space. Students will develop questions and hypotheses, design and run experiments, and evaluate evidence for and against candidate explanations of human auditory performance. Activities include classroom experiments and computer exercises. Early Fall Start 2007 (Incoming Freshmen Only).

SPHSC 261: The Nature of Sound. (Stecker) An introduction to sound and vibration that emphasizes conceptual mastery and hands-on inquiry over equations. Computer-based lab sessions explore the parameters of simple and complex tones, modulation, filtering, and distortion. Suitable for majors and non-majors. Winter/Summer 2006, 2007, 2008 2009, 2010, 2011.

SPHSC 425: Speech, Language, Hearing, and the Brain. (Stecker, Max, and Silkes) An introduction to the neuroscience of communication. Co-taught with Ludo Max, Diane Kendall, Christina Del Toro, and JoAnn Silkes Winter 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013.

SPHSC 505: Neuroimaging for Communication Disorders. (Stecker and Rogers) An introduction to neuroimaging methods for the study of communication disorders, with an emphasis on functional MRI. Topics include MRI physics and study design, auditory fMRI, neuroplasticity/recovery, aphasia, and dyslexia. Co-taught with Margaret Rogers, Summer 2006

SPHSC 509: Advanced Hearing Science. (Stecker) Psychophysical and physiological bases of peripheral auditory function for AuD and PhD students. Fall 2011.

SPHSC 510: Psychological Acoustics. (Stecker) A comprehensive overview of human hearing and its assessment by behavioral methods. Spring 2007, 2009, Winter 2012

SPHSC 511: Physiological Acoustics. (Stecker) An overview of auditory neuroscience from the cochlea to the cortex. Fall 2007, Spring 2010, Fall 2011.

SPHSC 521: Acoustics & Instrumentation for Audiology. (Stecker) A review of sound and vibration for Au.D. and Ph.D. students with an emphasis on measurement and calibration. Lab sessions emphasize use and calibration of audiometers, sound level meters, sound delivery devices, oscilloscopes, and spectrum analyzers. Fall 2006, 2007.

SPHSC 559 A (Special Topics): Psychophysical, Physiological, and Translational Aspects of Binaural Hearing. (Stecker) Ph.D. seminar reviewing classical and recent research on binaural hearing, including psychophysical phenomena in spatial hearing, neurophysiology of spatial processing, effects of aging and hearing loss on binaural processing, and binaural considerations for hearing aids and cochlear implants. Spring 2013

SPHSC 561: Studies in Hearing Science and Disorders. (Stecker) Ph.D. seminar on advanced on current advanced topics in hearing sciences, including psychoacoustics, auditory neuroscience, and treatment of hearing loss. Spring 2006, Fall 2008, 2010, 2012