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Alexander, Jessica

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Division of Social Sciences
Contact Information

Building: Marsh Hall, Room: A115
Campus Box: F-42
Telephone #: 304-384-5232
E-mail Address: jalexander@concord.edu
Office Hours:

by appointment

Education

  • Emory University (2009) Ph.D. in Psychology
  • Emory University (2005) M.A. in Psychology
  • Hendrix College (2003) B.A. in Psychology

Research Interests & Publications

Research Interests

I am currently working on projects involving perceptual learning of systematic variation in speech, using stimuli from Spanish and Korean accented speakers. I am interested in the processes of attention and categorization in perceptual learning and adaptation to speech. Other projects include work with auditory imagery for talker's voice during silent reading and investigations into phenomena of sound symbolism.

Publications

Sidaras, S.K., Alexander, J.E.D., & Nygaard, L.C. (2009). Perceptual learning and systematic variation in Spanish-accented speech. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America.

Alexander, J.E.D., & Nygaard, L.C. (2008). Reading voices and hearing text: Talker-specific auditory imagery in reading. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance, 34(2), 446-459.

Mastin, D.F., Peszka, J., Poling, T., Phillips, R., & Duke, J. (2005). Personality as a predictor of the objective and subjective impact of sleep deprivation. Personality and Individual Differences. 39(8), 1471-1482.

Manuscripts in preparation:

Alexander, J. D., Nygaard, L. C., & Sidaras, S. K. (in preparation). The role of attention and comparison in perceptual learning of accented speech.

Nygaard, L.C., Alexander, J. D., & Sidaras, S. K. (in preparation). Long-term perceptual learning of accented speech.

Alexander, J.D., & Nygaard, L.C. (in preparation). Auditory imagery for foreign-accented speech.

Recent Conference Participation

Papers Presented:

Alexander, J.E.D., & Nygaard, L.C. (2009). Is one accent as good as another? Specificity and generalization in perceptual learning of accented speech. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, MA.

Duke, J. E., Nygaard, L.C., & Queen, J. (2007, November). Perceptual adaptation to systematic variation in speech. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, CA.

Posters presented:

Nygaard, L.C., Sidaras, S.K., & Alexander, J.D. (2008, November). Time course of talker-specific learning in spoken word recognition. Poster presented at the 156th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Miami, Florida.

Alexander, J. D., Nygaard, L. C., & Sidaras, S. K. (2008, June). The contribution of vowel production to the intelligibility and accentedness of nonnative speech. Poster presented at the international meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Paris, France.

Sidaras, S. K., Alexander, J. D., & Nygaard, L. C. (2008, June). Talker-specific and accent-general perceptual adaptation to Korean-accented English. Poster presented at the international meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Paris, France.

Duke, J. E., & Sidaras, S. K. (2006, November). The Effects of training context on perceptual learning of accented speech. Poster presented at the 154th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Honolulu, HI.

Nygaard, L. C., Duke, J. E., Sidaras, S. K. & Rasmussen, S. T. (2006, November). Acoustic correlates of accentedness and intelligibility of Spanish-accented English vowels. Poster presented at the 154th meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, Honolulu, HI.

Duke, J. E., Nygaard, L. C., & Sidaras, S. K. (2005, November). Auditory imagery for talker-specific characteristics during reading. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto.

Sidaras, S. K., Queen, J. S., Duke, J. E., & Nygaard, L. C., (2005, November). Perceptual adaptation to Spanish-accented speech. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Toronto.

Nygaard, L. C., Sidaras, S. K., & Duke, J. E. (2005, June). Perceptual learning of accented speech. Poster presented at the Workshop on Speech and Plasticity, London, England.

Nygaard, L. C., Duke, J. E., Kawar, K., & Queen, J. (2004, May). Talker-specific auditory imagery during reading. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, New York, NY.

Courses Taught or Currently Teaching

  • PSY 101 - General Psychology
  • PSY 370 - Physiological Psychology
  • PSY 412 - Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 205 - Developmental Psychology