About the Lab

The Speech Communication Laboratory is part of the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Florida. We are engaged in multidisciplinary research on the production and perception of speech by humans, especially adolescents with congenital auditory and motor deficits.


The UF Speech Communication Laboratory, led by Dr. Matthew Masapollo, utilizes a wide range of experimental techniques to investigate the nature and development of human speech production and perception. The primary goal of the lab is the development, testing, and refinement of a theoretical model addressing the complex relationships between speech motor control, speech perception, and phonological sensitivity. We apply this theoretical model to study neurodevelopmental disorders involving speech in collaborative projects with other labs. Browse our current research projects page for more information about our work.

By combining electromagnetic articulography and electroglottography, researchers can simultaneously record lip, tongue, jaw, and glottal motion during speech production without electromagnetic interference.

Research areas

Timing, Sequencing, and Coordination of Speech Movements

How do talkers rapidly sequence and coordinate vocal tract movements to impart linguistic structure to the acoustic speech signal?


Effects of Hearing Status on Speech Motor Control

How do children born with profound sensorineural hearing loss and who receive cochlear implants learn to produce articulate speech?


Children’s Acquisition of Speech Motor Control

How do young children learn to precisely time and coordinate their own self-generated vocal tract movements to become a producer, as well as a perceiver, of speech?


Recent news

HHF Magazine article: Improving how to assess…

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New paper in JASA-EL

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Members of the Speech Communication Lab recently published a new article in JASA Express Letters demonstrating that electromagnetic articulography…

Undergrad Research Expo

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The University of Florida’s College of Public Health and Health Professions Honors Program, the Center for Undergraduate Research, and the Career…