Areas of Expertise (10)
Understanding how humans perceive speech and comprehend language through the study of brain and behavior is the focus of Dr. Toscano’s research. He uses several lab methods (cognitive neuroscience, behavioral experiments, and computational models) to address questions about the neurobiology of language, to study the processes involved in speech development, and to build computer systems that learn to recognize speech the same way that humans do. Dr. Toscano is also working to develop tests that can be used to better assess hearing loss by measuring both brain responses and behavior. He directs the Word Recognition and Auditory Perception Lab at Villanova.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Iowa: PhD
University of Rochester: BS
Select Accomplishments (3)
Select-Speaker Award (professional)
Beckman Fellowship (professional)
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology
Computational Modeling Prize in Perception and Action (professional)
Cognitive Science Society
- Psychonomic Society
- Cognitive Science Society
- Acoustical Society of America
Select Media Appearances (2)
What's Up With All These Viral Illusions?
The New Yorker
Am I experiencing a hundred micro-yannys and laurels every day without knowing it? Joe Toscano, who studies auditory perception at Villanova University, couldn’t answer that question, perhaps because he, like everyone, is trapped in the prison of his own mind, unable to know for sure what is real outside of it. But he did say he thinks it’s more remarkable that people don’t get this confused over speech all the time.
The White and Gold (No, Blue and Black!) Dress That Melted the Internet
The New York Times
The mother of the bride wore white and gold. Or was it blue and black? From a photograph of the dress the bride posted online, there was broad disagreement. ... Joseph Toscano, an assistant professor in the Villanova University Department of Psychology and an expert in illusions, said the image seems to be a type of reversible figure, or a figure that can be interpreted in two different ways.
Select Academic Articles (5)
Sarah Brown-Schmidt, Joseph C Toscano
Laura M Getz, Elke R Nordeen, Sarah C Vrabic, Joseph C Toscano
Andrés Buxó-Lugo, Joseph C Toscano, Duane G Watson
Joseph C. Toscano, Bob McMurray
Joseph C. Toscano, John J.B. Allen