• Date and time: Friday 11 June 2021, 11am to 11.30am
  • Location: Online
  • Admission: Free admission, booking required

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Have you ever struggled to understand your conversation partner in a busy pub or noisy train station? Do you know someone who uses a hearing aid or a cochlear implant? Or maybe you’re interested in auditory illusions – did you disagree with family and friends over who heard “Yanny” and who heard “Laurel”? (Once you’d finished arguing about the dress being blue or gold, of course.)

We often think of hearing as being only about our ears but, as auditory illusions show, different people can hear the same thing in very different ways. This is because a lot of what we think of as “hearing” happens in our brain: whenever we listen, our brains are constantly processing and (re)interpreting the sound in light of the current situation and what we already know.

Join researchers from the University of York’s Speech Lab and discover why when it comes to hearing, our ears are just the start. They'll illustrate some of the ways that our brain is involved in hearing - from auditory illusions and misperceptions to understanding speech when there's background noise.


This is a YouTube Premiere event. You’ll be sent a link to the screening a couple of days before it takes place, as well as a reminder an hour before. You can ask the speakers your questions live in the YouTube chat throughout the stream.

About the speakers

Our speakers – Professor Sven Mattys, Dr Ronan McGarrigle, Dr Sarah Knight, Alex Mepham
and Lyndon Rakusen – are from the Speech Lab, based in the Department of Psychology at the University of York, UK. Their research focuses on various aspects of speech perception, including listening effort, how we understand speech in adverse listening conditions, and speech perception across the lifespan.



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