Orofacial Physiology + Perceptual Analysis LabOPPAL
Research in the OPPALab focuses on helping people achieve and maintain clear speech and voice through the aging lifespan!
Director: Dr. Nicole Etter
Department: Communication Sciences & Disorders
Our lab is dedicated to understanding ways we can improve speech function for adults with neurogenic communication problems.
Aging has an impact on all parts of our bodies, including sensation. Determining just how it is affected, can help us understand how to adapt in areas such as speech and swallowing as the body changes with age.
The field of Communication Sciences and Disorders studies the way that humans communicate with others and the problems that can arise in this process. This includes assisting people with disorders ranging from stuttering to swallowing to cerebral palsy.
The creation of speech is a complicated process that requires information from various systems of the body. Sensory information like touch and hearing, allow us to monitor our speech and correct our mistakes. Here in OPPAL we work to learn how limited sensation in our lips and mouths can impact our speech and voices!
All lab activity is currently suspended. Please contact us with any questions.
Ford Building Room #103
University Park, PA 16802
M-F: 8am – 5pm |or by appointment|
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