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About Alexandra Jesse

My research focuses on speech perception, with a special emphasis on audiovisual speech perception. That is, I investigate how we process speech from hearing and seeing a speaker talk (lip-reading). We use this visual information not only to understand what the speaker says but also to learn, for example, about a speaker's idiosyncratic way of speaking or to learn the meaning of novel words. Topics investigated are the consequences of aging on speech perception; individual differences; perceptual learning of speaker idiosyncrasies; the dynamics of audiovisual spoken-word recognition; learning of multisensory relationships; temporal cross-modal synchrony and binding. These issues are addressed with a variety of methods (e.g., eye tracking, EEG, motion tracking), testing young and older adults as well as infants and toddlers.


Present Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences


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Honors and Awards

  • 2016-17 Family Research Scholars

Contact Information

Room 433
Department of Psychology
441 Tobin Hall
University of Massachusetts
Amherst, MA 01003


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