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Joan M. Sinnott, Ph.D.
Endowed Professor of Research

Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1975, Psycholinguistics
B.A., Indiana University, 1969, Psychology
Post Doctoral
Johns Hopkins University, NIH Postdoctoral Fellow 1974-78
Indiana University, NIH Postdoctoral Trainee 1979-80

Office: LSCB 313
Phone: 251.460.7716

Discipline: Comparative Psychology
Others: Psychology studying similarities and differences between humans and other animals

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Animal perception and recognition of human speech.

Selected Publications

Sinnott J, Gonzales C & Masood A (2007). Training humans in non-native phoneme perception using a monkey psychoacoustic procedure. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 121, 3846-3857.

Sinnott J, Powell L & Camchong J (2006). Using monkeys to explore perceptual “loss” versus “learning” models in English and Spanish voice-onset-time perception. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 119, 1585-1596.

Sinnott J (2005). Recent developments in animal speech perception. In Recent Research Developments in Acoustics, Vol. III, Transworld Research Network, Trivandrum, India.

Sinnott J & Gilmore C (2004). Perception of place-of-articulation information in natural speech by monkeys versus humans. Perception & Psychophysics 66, 1341-1350.

Sinnott J & Mosqueda S (2003). Effects of aging on speech sound discrimination in the Mongolian gerbil. Ear & Hearing 24, 30-37.

Sinnott J & Mosteller K (2001). A comparative assessment of speech sound discrimination in the Mongolian gerbil. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 110, 1729-1732.

Sinnott J & Saporita T (2000). Differences in English, Spanish, and monkey perception of the /say-stay/ contrast. Perception & Psychophysics 62, 1312-1319.

Classes Taught

  • PSY 490 - Special Topics: Operant Conditioning of Zoo Animals (link to JMS_490)
  • PSY 590 - Special Topics: The Evolution of Human Language (link to JMS_590)
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