I am just back from a weeklong trip to Australia and New Zealand, which gave me a chance to talk about speech research on the other side of the world.
In Australia, I spoke at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders--Kanazawa Institute of Technology MEG Workshop hosted by Macquarie University (home of the Australian Hearing Hub) in Sydney. This workshop paid tribute to Hisashi Kado, who played an enormously important role in developing and installing MEG machines around the world. It was fascinating and moving to hear stories about his leadership and vision that continue to influence so many researchers.
In New Zealand, I spoke to the New Zealand Institute for Langugage, Brain and Behaviour at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch about cognitive challenges associated with understanding acoustically-degraded speech, and some of the brain networks associated with this processing.
So, a good trip, and—Tim Tams for the lab!