Date Thesis Awarded

5-2015

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

Neuroscience

Advisor

Paul Kieffaber

Committee Member

Christy Porter

Committee Member

Chris Ball

Abstract

Central auditory processing (CAP) refers to the process of integrating and processing auditory signals in the central auditory nervous system. Problems with CAP are thought to underlie central auditory processing disorder (CAPD) which is associated with specific populations of adults and children who demonstrate poor performance on tasks. CAPD is typically diagnosed in individuals with poor auditory perception who also show no physical problems with their inner ear, outer ear, or cochlea (Keilman et al., 2013; Koravand et al 2013). CAPD is characterized by an impaired ability to filter out background noise and distinguish between different auditory stimuli, and is often comorbid with other neurological disorders (Kim & Chung, 2013; Strauss et al., 2008). Exciting new research has shown improvements those identified with CAPD-like disorders can improve speech comprehension, harmonic recognition, and sound localization, just by engaging in behaviors which are associated with CAP (Alain et al., 2014; Anderson et al., 2013). The overarching aim of this research was to create a online electroencephalography (EEG) brain computer interface (BCI) that could be used by anyone, not just those who show CAPD symptomatology, to gain increased performance on central auditory processing tasks.

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