Robert E. Wickesberg

Section 1

Program Area: Behavioral Neuroscience

Associate Professor of Psychology

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Contact Information:

  • Address:
    511 Psychology Bldg.
    603 E. Daniel Street
    M/C 716
    Champaign, IL 61820
  • Telephone: (217)333-1147

Research Description

For decades speech recognition has been assumed to rely on frequency cues, but recent research has demonstrated the saliency of temporal cues. By studying how different forms of speech are encoded in the peripheral auditory system, we have identified temporal cues that are invariant across speaker and means of production. These cues work for the recognition of normal, whispered or even noise-vocoder speech. The identification of these cues is important for developing better cochlear implants, hearing aids and automatic speech recognition systems. 


  • Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin

Distinctions / Awards

  • Mabel Kirkpatrick Hohenboken Award 2002


  • Neuroscience 508 - Introduction to Systems Neuroscience
  • Psychology 210 - The Brain and The Mind
  • Psychology 316 - Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing
Section 2


Facilities Information

Building Remodeling Projects

Click on the title to check out these pictures from the classroom remodeling project in the basement. A second project to replace the elevators will begin in September. Beginning with the freight elevator, each elevator will be out of service for three months. To get quickly from one floor to another, and improve your fitness, we will encourage the use of the stairs. The repainting of the northeast stairwell has been completed, and the painter is starting on the southwest stairwell.