Human Communication Science

Human Communication Science is an interdisciplinary research and teaching area that includes the investigation of speech, voice and psychology, particularly in the workplace and in schools. The unit was formed after reorganization July 1, 2016.

Communicating with another person is an extremely complex and difficult task although it is one we perform routinely. Human communication science is the study of the perception, phonation and thought processes that go into language use as well as the disorders that affect our ability to communicate from a biological, psychological and social perspective. The focus of human communication science is often on the diagnosis and treatment of various voice, speech, language and hearing disorders and our research attempts to answer fundamental questions to add to this knowledge through the use of common technological methods to measure both typical and atypical speech and voice function in a variety of situations. Both quantitative and qualitative methods are used in our research. Areas aligned with this subject are cognitive neuroscience of speech and language, clinical linguistics, speech language and literacy development, audiology and hearing science, as well as learning disabilities and neuropsychiatric disorders impacting on speech and language. Other cross-cutting research themes include health technology, social inclusion, and age-related illnesses including stroke and dementia. The subject often appeals to those concerned with enabling children and adults to overcome difficulties in hearing, speech, language and learning in school, at home and in the workplace.

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