Dr Antje Heinrich

Senior Lecturer in Audiology/Hearing Sci

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My research interest is to understand how different groups of listeners process speech – from the initial auditory signal to the final understanding of and response to the message. 

I have worked on such different aspects as (1) how memory performance can be used as a measure of effortfulness of speech-in-noise perception, (2) how acoustic phonetic properties of speech affect listening, and (3) how auditory information and cognitive demands combine in BOLD response. Much of my work focusses on younger and older native English listeners but I also investigate listening in non-native English listeners, listeners with hearing loss and hearing aid wearers. My current focus is two-fold:

(1) a more theory-guided understanding of the importance of auditory and cognitive processes for speech perception

(2) working towards translating this understanding into clinical practice via targeted diagnostics of key parameters of listening and their training, as well as effective measurement of listening effort.

Areas of expertise

  • BF Psychology - speech perception, auditory processing, hearing loss, aging, phonetics, cognition, listening effort

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

Sustainable Development Goals

Education / academic qualifications

  • 2005 - Doctor of Science University of Toronto (2001 - 2005)
  • 2001 - Master in Science Technische Universitat Dresden (1995 - 2001)
  • 2000 - Master of Arts University of Toronto (1999 - 2000)
  • MRC Institute of Hearing Research (2011 - 2017)
  • University of Cambridge (2008 - 2010)
  • MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (2005 - 2007)

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