Ruth Litovsky, PhD

Waisman Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1500 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705-2280
Phone: 608-262-5045
Email: [email protected]
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Last Updated: October 21, 2016

Ruth Litovsky

Discipline Coordinators: Audiology
Discipline(s): Audiology
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
Research: Speech intelligibility in noisy and reverberant environments: Young children spend a majority of their time in noisy environments, where they must cope with constant competition between the target voice (such as a teacher in a classroom) and noise or other children talking. Some children cope with this challenge better than others. We are attempting to understand how the auditory system of young children processes multiple signals and which auditory cues are most effective in providing improved speech understanding. CRISP (children?s realistic index of speech perception) is our new assessment tool for obtaining these measures. It enables the presentation of target words in the presence of various types of competing sounds whose locations can be varied relative to the child?s head. This test comes in both computer-game and manual versions that can be purchased from the lab (contact [email protected]).


Postdoc (Neurophysiology) University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (1992-1994) Ph.D. (Developmental Psychology) University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA (1987-1991) M.A. (Psychology) Washington University, St. Louis, MO (1986-1987) B.A. (Psychology) Washington University, St. Louis, MO (1983-1986)