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Joseph Toscano, PhD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Joseph Toscano, PhD Joseph Toscano, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences | College of Liberal Arts and Sciences | Villanova University

Villanova, PA, UNITED STATES

Joseph Toscano, PhD, is an expert in human speech recognition and language comprehension through the study of brain and behavior.

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Areas of Expertise (10)

Psychology Cognitive Psychology Perception and Language Speech Communication Language Development Hearing Loss Speech recognition Perception Cognitive Neuroscience Neural Networks

Biography

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.

Education (3)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Iowa: PhD

University of Rochester: BS

Select Accomplishments (3)

Select-Speaker Award (professional)

2014
Psychonomic Society

Beckman Fellowship (professional)

2011
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology

Computational Modeling Prize in Perception and Action (professional)

2008
Cognitive Science Society

Affiliations (3)

  • Psychonomic Society
  • Cognitive Science Society
  • Acoustical Society of America

Select Media Appearances (2)

What's Up With All These Viral Illusions?

The New Yorker  

2018-05-18

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.

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The White and Gold (No, Blue and Black!) Dress That Melted the Internet

The New York Times  

2015-02-28

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.

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Select Academic Articles (5)

Gradient acoustic information induces long-lasting referential uncertainty in short discourses Language, Cognition and Neuroscience

Sarah Brown-Schmidt, Joseph C Toscano

2017

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Modeling the Development of Audiovisual Cue Integration in Speech Perception Brain Sciences

Laura M Getz, Elke R Nordeen, Sarah C Vrabic, Joseph C Toscano

2017

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Effects of participant engagement on prosodic prominence Discourse Processes

Andrés Buxó-Lugo, Joseph C Toscano, Duane G Watson

2016

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The time-course of speaking rate compensation: Effects of sentential rate and vowel length on voicing judgments Language, Cognition and Neuroscience

Joseph C. Toscano, Bob McMurray

2015

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Across-and within-consonant errors for isolated syllables in noise Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research

Joseph C. Toscano, John J.B. Allen

2014

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