תחילת דף אינטרנט, לחץ אנטר כדי לעבור לאזור תוכן מרכזי

Associate Professor Karen Banai (PhD)

Kbanai@univ.haifa.ac.il

Office: Eshkol, 807

Reception hours: By appointment

Communication Sciences and Disorders

I am interested in auditory cognition, learning and plasticity across the lifespan.

Research in my lab focuses on:

1) The role of perceptual learning in the recognition of speech under adverse listening conditions (e.g., rapid or noisy speech).

2) Preceptual learning in typical and atypical langauge development.

3) The implications of age-related changes in hearing and learning to hearing rehabilitation.

4) Perceptual learning in participants with language and hearing impairments and following hearing rehabilitation.

I head the Auditory Cognition Lab in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Current research projects:

Age, hearing and reapid learning in the recognition of perceptually-difficult speech (with Dr. Limor Lavie)

Perceptual context, language and literacy (With Prof. Rachel Yifat and Dr. Ravit Cohen-Mimran)

 

Ph.D students:

Niveen Omar: Eyes, ears and minds: Sensory, conceptuial and linguistic factors in word learning in speakers of Semitic languages (with Dr. Bracha Nir)

Ranin Khayr: Perceptual learning and speech perception in adult cochlear implant users

Gal Nitsan: Individual differences in speech perception in older adults: Insights from eye-tracking (with Prof. Boaz Ben-David)

Liat Schechter: Plasticity in the auditory system in olde age following rehabilitation with hearing aids (with Dr. Limor Lavie)

 

A full list is available on Google Scholar

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Rotman T., Lavie L. & Banai K. (2020). Rapid perceptual learning: A potential source of individual differences in speech perception under adverse conditions? Trends in Hearing. doi: 10.1177/2331216520930541

Banai K., Nir B., Moav-Sceff R., Bar-Ziv N. (2020). A role for incidental auditory learning in auditory-visual word learning among kindergarten children. Journal of Vision. doi: 10.1167/jovi.20.3.4

Banai K. & Lavner Y. (2019). The effects of stimulus repetition and training schedule on the perceptual learning of time-compressed speech and its transfer. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics. doi: 10.3758/s13414-019-01714-7

Gabay Y., Karni A. & Banai K. (2018).  Learning to decipher time-compressed speech: Robust acquisition with a slight difficulty in generalization among young adults with developmental dyslexia. PLoS One, 13(10): e0205110. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0205110

Manheim M., Lavie L. & Banai K. (2018). Age, hearing and the perceptual learning of rapid speech. Trends in Hearing, 22:1-18. doi: 10.1177/2331216518778651

Alain C., Du Y., Bernstein L.J., Barten T. & Banai K. (2018). Listening under difficult conditions: An activation likelihood estimation meta-analysis. Human Brain Mapping. doi: 10.1002/hbm.24031

Green C.S., Banai K., Lu Z.L.  & Bavelier D. (2018). Perceptual Learning. Steven’s Handbook of Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, 4th edition. Wiley

Banai K. & Ahissar M. (2017). Poor sensitivity to sound statistics impairs the acquisition of speech categories in dyslexia. Language, Cognition and Neuroscience. doi: 10.1080/23273798.2017.1408851

Karawani H., Lavie L. & Banai, K. (2017). Shor-term auditory learning in older and younger adults. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research.

Gabay Y., Karni A. & Banai K. (2017). The perceptual learning of time-compressed speech: A comparison of training protocols with different levels of difficulty. PLOS One. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0176488

Banai K. & Lavner Y. (2016). The effects of exposure and training on the perception of time-compressed speech in native versus nonnative listeners. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 140 doi: 10.1121/1.4962499

Karawani H., Bitan T., Attias J. & Banai K. (2016). Auditory perceptual learning in adults with and without age-related hearing loss. Frontiers in Psychology 6:2066. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.02066

Banai K. & Yifat R. (2016). Perceptual context and individual difference in the language proficiency of preschool children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 142:118-136. doi:10.1016/j.jecp.2015.10.001

Moav-Scheff R., Yifat R. & Banai K. (2015). Phonological memory and word learning deficits in children with specific language impairment: A role for perceptual context? Research in Developmental Disabilities, 45:384-399. doi: 10.1016/j.ridd.2015.08.010

Lavie L., Banai K., Karni A. & Attias J. (2015). Hearing-aid induced plasticity in the auditory system of the elderly: Evidence from speech perception. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research. doi: 10.1044/2015_JSLHR-H-14-0225

Banai K. & Amitay S. (2015). The effects of stimulus variability on the perceptual learning of speech and non-speech stimuli. PLoS One, 10(2):e0118465. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118465.

Banai K. & Lavner Y. (2014). The effects of training length on the perceptual learning of time-compressed speech and its generalization. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America. 136 doi: 10.1121/1.4895684