SOUND MIND LAB: ROYAL HOLLOWAY
Department of Psychology
Royal Holloway, University of London.
Kyle Jasmin (Principal Investigator)
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We study how individuals and groups with different abilities and neural circuitry adopt behavioural and neural strategies for auditory perception and communication.
Autism and social interaction
Jasmin, K., Martin, A., & Gotts, S.J. (2023). Atypical connectivity aids conversation in autism. Sci Rep, 13, 5303. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-023-32249-5.
Jasmin, K., Gotts, S., Xu, Y., Liu, S., Riddell, C., Ingeholm, J., Kenworthy, L., Wallace, G., Braun, A.R., Martin, A. (2019). Overt social interaction and resting state in young adult males with autism: core and contextual neural features. Brain: a Journal of Neurology. https://doi.org/10.1093/brain/awz003
Jasmin, K. M., McGettigan, C., Agnew, Z. K., Josephs, O., Cummins, F., Scott, S. K. (2016) Cohesion and joint speech: right hemisphere contributions to synchronized vocal production. The Journal of Neuroscience. 36(17), 4669-4680. https://doi.org/10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4075-15.2016
Jasmin, K., Dick, F., Holt, L.,Taylor, AT. (2020). Tailored perception: individual speech perception strategies reflect individual differences in perceptual ability. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0000688
Jasmin, K., Dick, F., Stewart, L., Tierney, AT. (2020) Altered functional connectivity during speech perception in congenital amusia. eLife https://10.7554/eLife.53539
Second language experience
Jasmin, K., Sun, H. Tierney, AT. (2021) Effects of language experience on domain-general perceptual strategies. Cognition https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0010027720303000
Jasmin, K., Lima, C.F., Scott, S.K. (2019) Understanding rostral-caudal auditory cortex contributions to auditory perception. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41583-019-0160-2
Undergraduate project students
Binish Fatima — language experience and pitch perception
Josh Haider-Smith — autistic traits and auditory processing
Martina Tarantini — musical experience and music perception
Max Bullock (MSc)
Sami Elhaj (MSc)
Roger Atkins (BSc)
We present a novel data-driven method for assessing neural compensation during spontaneous social interactions, and demonstrate that increased right inferior frontal connectivity in autism is compensatory rather than maladaptive.
Jasmin, K., Martin, A., Gotts, S. J.
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
Participants categorized instances of a two-word phrase pronounced with typical covariation of fundamental frequency (F0) and duration, and in the context of an artificial ‘accent’ in which F0 and duration covaried atypically. We find that prosodic categories (much like segmental speech categories!) are cued by multiple acoustic dimensions whose perceptual weights dynamically adapt to local regularities in speech input.
Jasmin, K., Tierney, A., Obasih, C. Holt, L.
Nature Reviews Neuroscience
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In this opinion article we discuss how temporal response properties of neurons in auditory cortex may give rise to the distinct functional pathways for processing 'what' a sound is and 'where' and 'how' it was produced.
Jasmin, K., Lima, C.F, Scott, S.K.
We use a novel fMRI paradigm to examine neural activity during naturalistic, real-time face-to-face conversations and resting state in autism. We also discuss the study in our recent review.
Jasmin, K., Gotts, S., Xu, Y., Liu, S., Riddell, C., Ingeholm, J., Kenworthy, L., Wallace, G., Braun, A.R., Martin, A.
Individuals with congenital amusia, who have unreliable pitch processing, show decreased functional connectivity between right auditory and left language-related cortex during speech perception, demonstrating a neural basis for compensatory dimensional weighting.
Jasmin, K., Dick, F., Stewart, L., Tierney, A.
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Journal of Experimental Psychology: General
Perception of speech and music involves integration of pitch, duration and amplitude cues. Individuals tend to prioritize these dimensions using individualized strategies. Here we show that these strategies arise from perceptual abilities.
Jasmin, K., Dick, F., Holt, L., Tierney, A.T.
The Journal of Neuroscience
We show that speaking together (as in group chants) recruits right hemisphere regions outside the classic speech network and blurs the boundary between the self and the other.
Jasmin, K. M., McGettigan, C., Agnew, Z. K., Lavan, N., Josephs, O., Cummins, F., Scott, S. K. The Journal of Neuroscience
Here we show that native speakers of Mandarin—a language where pitch is very important—rely heavily on pitch to process other kinds of sounds: They weight pitch highly when processing (second language) English speech, when processing music, and they even struggle to ignore pitch when it's task irrelevant. The results demonstrate a new way that characteristics of one's native language influence perception.
Jasmin, K., Sun, H., Tierney, A.
Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance
Some individuals tend to perceive repeated spoken phrases as song (the "song illusion"). Here we show that song-perceivers have better musical perception skills in general, which suggests that the "song illusion" results from detecting latent musical patterns in speech.
Tierney, A., Patel, A., Jasmin, K., Breen, M.
Wellcome Open Research
The Multidimensional Battery of Prosody Perception. A new battery for assessing prosody perception across multiple acoustic dimensions and adjustable difficulty levels.
Jasmin, K., Dick, F., Tierney, AT., Wellcome Open Research
Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
We review the autism resting state fMRI literature, highlight the potential role of the thalamus and striatum in autism, and emphasize the need for studies that directly compare scanning during multiple cognitive states in addition to the resting-state.
Gotts, S.J., Ramot, M., Jasmin, K., Martin, A. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry
We outline the exciting ways virtual reality can be used to study language, as well as the pitfalls.
Casasanto D. & Jasmin K., chapter in Research Methods in Psycholinguistics and the Neurobiology of Language
We used fMRI to show that whether or not someone is looking at your when they're talking (their gaze direction) affects brain activity in left hemisphere areas that process speech.
McGettigan, C., Jasmin, K., Eisner, F., Agnew, Z., Josephs, O., Calder, A., Jessop, R., Lawson, R., Spielmann, M., Scott, S.K. Neuropsychologia
By measuring frequency following responses with EEG, we show that difficulty learning a second language in adulthood may be partly due to auditory perception problems.
Omote, A., Jasmin, K., Tierney, A. Cortex
We find, using 7T fMRI, that reading sentences with social-emotional words activates regions across the 'social brain' network. Reading sentences with inanimate object words activates object/scene recognition regions. We suggest it is important to take semantic content into account when studying reading.
Mellem, M., Jasmin, K., Peng, C., Martin, A. Neuropsychologia
Here we test theories of behavioural alignment during dialogue, using virtual reality.
Gijssels, T., Staum Casasanto, L., Jasmin, K., Hagoort, P, & Casasanto, D. Discourse Processes
Psychonomic Bulletin & Review
We show that, through associations between left-right space and emotion, the hands we use to type words on a keyboard may slowly shape the emotional associations of those words.
Jasmin K. and Casasanto, D. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review
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English uses front-back spatial metaphors to talk about time. Do English speakers think about this time way? Here we use evidence from hand gestures to show that English speakers use the front-back axis to gesture about time deliberately, but prefer a left-right axis when gesturing spontaneously.
Casasnto, D., and Jasmin, K. Cognitive Linguistics
Speakers associate positive messages more strongly with dominant hand gestures and negative messages with non-dominant hand gestures, revealing a hidden link between action and emotion.
Casasanto, D. and Jasmin, K. PLoS ONE