Dr. Matthew Masapollo is the director and principal investigator of the Laboratory for the study of Cognition, Action and Perception of Speech (CAPS; est. 2020). He received his Ph.D. in Communication Sciences and Disorders from McGill University (under Dr. Linda Polka) and completed two postdoctoral fellowships, one in Cognitive, Linguistic and Psychological Science at Brown University (under Dr. James L. Morgan), and one in Speech and Hearing Science at Boston University (under Dr. Frank H. Guenther).
The primary goal of Masapollo’s research program is to develop, test, and refine a theoretical framework, termed MIPA (Motor Involvement in Phonological Acquisition), that seeks to explicate the complex relations between speech perception, speech motor control, and phonological sensitivity. His research team then applies that framework to the study of neurodevelopmental disorders involving speech and design of mechanistically driven rehabilitation protocols. Toward this end, CAPS is working to develop optimal methods to directly examine speech motor actions in young children, using state-of-the-art electromagnetic articulography. Current projects are focused on exploring the scaffolding of inter-articulator speech production, speech perception, and phonologically-based language skills in children and adults with congenital auditory deficits.
Main Research Interests
- Sensorimotor integration for speech
- Development of phonetic perception
- Speech production planning
- Organization and coordination of articulatory gestures
- Speech motor sequence learning
Training in Grantsmanship for Rehabilitation Research (TIGRR). 2022
Emerging Research Grant, Hearing Health Foundation. 2021
Research Opportunity Seed Fund Award, UF Research. 2021
New Investigators Research Grant, American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation. 2020
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: (352) 273-6095
- Location: HPNP 2127
- Office Hours: By appointment
- Courses: Articulatory, Acoustic, and Auditory Phonetics (SPA 3003); Speech Perception in Phonetics (Course Code & Schedule TBD); Sensorimotor Integration for Speech (Course Code & schedule TBD)
For a full listing of Matt’s publications please see our research page.
Students and Trainees
Jessica Goel is an undergraduate studying Biomedical Engineering. She came to CAPS to assist with programming speech motor control experiments using electromagnetic articulography. She is also highly involved with data processing, visualization, and analysis.
Marla Eisman is an undergraduate majoring in Mechanical Engineering and minoring in Computer Science. She joined CAPS to assist with programming speech motor control experiments using electromagnetic articulography.
Morgan Powell is an undergraduate studying Communication Sciences and Disorders, with a minor in Deaf and Hearing Studies. She came to CAPS to assist with in investigating how people learn to articulate sequences of speech sounds.
Isabel Husted is an undergraduate majoring in Aerospace Engineering. She came to CAPS to assist with the data science infrastructure and processing pipeline needed for articulography experiments.
Nicholas Salazar is an undergraduate majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Linguistics. He is interested in computational linguistics, data science, and machine learning. He came to CAPS to assist with programming speech production experiments using electromagnetic articulography and auditory feedback manipulations.
Grecia Tragodara is an undergraduate majoring in Computer Science. She came to CAPS to help with web design and programming and building the data science infrastructure needed for speech production experiments using electromagnetic articulography. Grecia is also working on the first open-access repository containing speech kinematic and acoustic data for congenitally deaf talkers.
Mallory Box is an undergraduate majoring in Biomedical Engineering. She joined CAPS to assist with programming speech motor control experiments using electromagnetic articulography.
Jessica Smith is an undergraduate studying Communication Sciences and Disorders, with minors in Disabilities in Society and Educational Studies. She came to CAPS to complete an honors thesis project designed to examine gestural organization of non-native consonant clusters using electromagnetic articulography.
Julia Ginter is an undergraduate majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. She joined CAPS to complete an honors thesis project designed to examine the spatiotemporal organization among the tongue tip and jaw during speech production using electromagnetic articulography.
Angelise Bulit is an undergraduate majoring in Linguistics. She came to CAPS to assist with experiments designed to examine the mechanisms involved in speech motor sequence learning.
Emily Zezas, B.H.S., (2021), recipient of the 2021 Outstanding Scholar Award from the UF Alumni Association & Honors Program.
Cassandra Chappell, B.H.S., (2021)
Abigail Cragin, B.H.S., (2021)
Ariel Gordon, B.H.S., (2021)
Sophia Benson, B.H.S., (2021)