Nicholas Smith

Nicholas Smith


Assistant Professor

Director of Perception, Communication and Development Lab

Research at a glance

Research Topics

Educational background

  • Post-Doctoral, McMaster University
  • Ph.D, University of Toronto
  • Master of Arts, University of Toronto
  • Bachelor of Arts, Queen’s University at Kingston

Undergraduate classes taught

  • SLHS 3220/LINGST 3220 – Speech Acoustics 
  • SLHS 3230 – Hearing Science
  • SLHS 4001 – Topics: Music and the Mind
  • SLHS 4840 – Language and Development in Infancy

Graduate classes taught

  • SLHS 7840 – Language and Development in Infancy  

Research interests

  • Infant and child development
  • Perceptual, cognitive and neural processes underlying the perception of complex auditory patterns
  • Speech production and perception in the context of caregiver-child interaction
  • Music perception

Selected publications

  • Smith, N. A. & McMurray, B. (2018). Temporal responsiveness in mother-child dialogue: A longitudinal analysis of children with normal hearing and hearing loss. Infancy, 23, 410-431.
  • Smith, N. A., Folland, N. A., Martinez, D. M. & Trainor, L. J. (2017). Multisensory object perception in infancy: 4-month-olds perceive a mistuned harmonic as a separate auditory and visual object. Cognition, 164, 1-7.
  • Smith, N.A. & Joshi, S. (2014). Neural correlates of auditory stream segregation: An analysis of onset- and change-related responses. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 136, EL295-301.
  • Smith, N. A. & Strader, H. L. (2014). Infant-directed visual prosody: Mothers’ head movement and speech acoustics. Interaction Studies, 15, 38-54.
  • Smith, N. A., Gibilisco, C. R., Meisinger, R. E. & Hankey, M. (2013). Asymmetry in infants’ selective attention to facial features during visual processing of infant-directed speech. Frontiers in Psychology, 4:601.

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