Stefanie E. Kuchinsky


Our ability to speak and understand our native language is something we typically take for granted. It’s often not until we listen to speech in challenging environments (degraded speech or background noise) or try to learn a second language that we realize how effortful language processing can be. Certain individuals also experience greater listening effort than others, such as older adults with hearing loss.

Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), eye tracking, and pupil dilation metrics, my research aims to investigate the neural systems that support language comprehension in adverse conditions with the goal of developing effective interventions.

I conduct this work as a Research Assistant Professor at the Maryland Neuroimaging Center and as an Assistant Research Scientist at the Center for Advanced Study of Language at the University of Maryland (UMD).

Prior to coming to UMD, I completed my Ph.D. in cognitive psychology at the University of Illinois and my postdoctoral training in auditory and cognitive neuroscience in the Hearing Research Program at the Medical University of South Carolina.

CV: SKuchinsky_CV_Feb2016.pdf

Email: skuchins at umd dot edu

Maryland Neuroimaging Center

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