Curriculum Vitae

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Noah H. Silbert

Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
University of Cincinnati
noahsilbert [via] gmail
www.nhsilbert.net

 

Education

Degrees

Ph.D. in Linguistics and Cognitive Science, Indiana University, 2010 [dissertation here]
M.S. in Applied Statistics, Indiana University, 2010
M.A. in English as a Second Language, University of Hawaii, 2002
B.A. with distinction in Linguistics, Indiana University, 1998

Professional Development

Diagnostic Measurement: Theory, Methods, and Applications Workshop, University of Maryland, 2010
Introduction to Structural Equation Modeling Workshop, University of Maryland, 2011
Advanced Topics in Structural Equation Modeling Workshop, University of Maryland, 2011

 

Research Experience

August, 2013 – Current: Assistant Professor, Communication Sciences & Disorders, University of Cincinnati

August, 2010 – August, 2013: Assistant Research Scientist, Center for Advanced Study of Language, University of Maryland

September, 2007 – July, 2010: Graduate Research Assistant, NIH Grant, Perceptual Processes, Evidence, and Configurality, Principal Investigator James T. Townsend

September, 2006 – August, 2007: NIH Pre-doctoral Fellow, Cognitive Modeling Training Grant, director James T. Townsend

May, 2006 – August, 2006: Graduate Research Assistant, Audiology Research Laboratory, director Larry Humes

January, 2006 – May, 2006: Graduate Research Assistant, NSF Project, Prosody in Cross-Language Production and Perception, Principal Investigator Kenneth de Jong

September, 2003 – December, 2005: Graduate Research Assistant, Linguistic Speech Laboratory, director Kenneth de Jong

 

Teaching Experience

September, 2007 – May, 2008; September, 2008 – May, 2009: Grader, Introduction to Bayesian Data Analysis I & II, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, taught by Professor John Kruschke

January, 2007 – May, 2007; September, 2008 – December, 2008: Assistant Instructor, Introduction to Mathematical Psychology, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, taught by Professor James T. Townsend

September, 2005 – December, 2005: Instructor, Introduction to the Study of Language, Department of Linguistics, Indiana University.

July, 2005 – August, 2005: Instructor, Statistical Techniques, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University.

January, 2005 – May, 2005: Assistant Instructor, Introductory Phonetics, taught by Professor Robert Port

September, 2004 – December, 2004: Instructor, Phonological Analysis, Department of Linguistics, Indiana University.

September, 2003 – December, 2003; January, 2004 – May, 2004: Assistant Instructor, Introduction to the Study of Language, taught by Professor Samuel Obeng (2003), taught by Sean McLennan (2004)

July, 2001 – August, 2001: Nihon University, Mishima, Japan, and Outreach College. Teaching Assistant, pronunciation and oral fluency, and Student Interchanger, ESL conversation tutoring. Supervisor Judy Ensing.

 

Publications

In Preparation or Under Review

Silbert, N. H., de Jong, K., Lim, B.-J., & Nagao, K. Language experience, speech rate, and the perception of phonological structure.

Silbert, N. H. Two multilevel Bayesian extensions of general recognition theory

Vandam, M., Silbert, N. H., & Moeller, M. P. Repetition of words from dense and sparse phonological neighborhoods in children with hearing loss and normal hearing.

Blaha, L. M., Silbert, N. H., & Townsend, J. T. A General Recognition Theory study of face perception and race adaptation.

Silbert, N. H., Blaha, L. M., & Thomas, R. D. A tutorial guide to general recognition theory.

Silbert, N. H., & Thomas, R. D. Optimal response selection and decisional separability in Gaussian general recognition theory.

Silbert, N. H., de Jong, K., Regier, K., & Albin, A. The mapping between phonological categories and acoustic cues in the production of English obstruents.

Silbert, N. H. Syllable structure and perception of voicing and place of articulation in English stop consonants.

Silbert, N. H., Smith, B. K., Jackson, S. R., Campbell, S. G., Hughes, M. M., & Tare, M. Non-native phonemic discrimination, phonological memory, and word learning.

 

Published

Thomas, R. D., & Silbert, N. H. (2013) Technical clarification to Silbert and Thomas (2013): “Decisional separability, model identification, and statistical inference in the general recognition theory framework.” Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

Linck, J. A., Hughes, M. M., Campbell, S. G., Silbert, N. H., Tare, M., Jackson, S. R., Smith, B. K., Bunting, M. F., & Doughty, C. J. (2013) Hi-LAB: A new measure of aptitude for high-level language proficiency. Language Learning, 63 (3), 530-566.

Landy, D., Silbert, N. H., & Goldin, A. (2013) Estimating large numbers. Cognitive Science, 37, 775-799.

Silbert, N. H., & Thomas, R. D. (2013) Decisional separability, model identification, and statistical inference in the general recognition theory framework. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 20 (1), 1-20.

Townsend, J. T., Houpt, J. W., & Silbert, N. H. (2012) General Recognition Theory Extended to Include Response Times: Predictions for a Class of Parallel Systems. Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 56 (6), 476-494.

Silbert, N. H. (2012) Syllable structure and integration of voicing and manner of articulation information in labial consonant identification. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 131 (5), 4076-4086.

Silbert, N. H., Townsend, J. T., & Lentz, J. J. (2009) Independence and separability in the perception of complex non-speech sounds. Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 71 (8), 1900-1915.

Silbert, N. H., de Jong, K., Thomas, R. D., & Townsend, J. T. (2009) Diagonal d′ does not (always) diagnose failure of separability: An addendum to Kingston, Diehl, Kirk, and Castleman (2008) Journal of Phonetics, 37, 339-343.

de Jong, K., Silbert, N., & Park, H. (2009) Generalization across segments in second language consonant identification. Language Learning, 59 (1), 1-31.

Silbert, N., & de Jong, K. (2008) Focus, prosodic context, and phonological feature specification: Patterns of variation in fricative production. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 123 (5), 2769-2779.

Silbert, N., & de Jong, K. (2007) Laryngeal Feature Structure in 1st and 2nd Language Speech Perception. In J. Trouvain and W.J. Barry (eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Saarland University, Saarbrcken, Germany. pp. 1901-1905.

 

Technical Reports

Rytting, C. A., Silbert, N. H., Rodrigues, P., Buckwalter, T., Novak, V., Madgavkar, M., & Bills, A. (2013) An auditory perception study of non-native Arabic. CASL Report for Technical Task Order 1005. 63 pp.

Silbert, N. H., Smith, B. K., Jackson, S. R., Meyers, J. H., Campbell, S. G., Hughes, M. M., & Tare, M. (2013) Non-native phonemic discrimination, working memory, and word learning. CASL Report for Technical Task Order 2003. 27 pp.

Golonka, E., Brugman, C., Bowles, A., Silbert N. H., Kramasz, D., Richardson, D., Corbett, R., & Doughty, C. J. (2012) Foreign language vocabulary: Effective practices for learning and teaching. CASL Report for Technical Task Order 82122. 155 pp.

Wayland, S., O’Connell, S., Linck, J., Kramasz, D., Gynther, K., Bloomfield, A., Blodgett, A. & Silbert, N. H. (2012) Second Language Listening Comprehension: The impact of speech rate, passage length, and information density. CASL Report for Technical Task Order 81434. 50 pp.

Jackson, S. R., Silbert, N. H., Campbell, S. G., Linck, J. A., Hughes, M. M., Doughty, C. J., & Bunting, M. F. (2012) The operational impact of DLAB2: Summary of recommendations and success-rate simulation. CASL Report for Technical Task Order 82114. 31 pp.

Jackson, S.R., Linck, J.A., Mislevy-Hughes, M.A., Silbert, N.H., Campbell, S.G., Doughty, C.J., & Bunting, M.F. (2012) The predictive capabilities of DLAB2: Results of additional analyses by language and by skills (Technical Report TTO 82114 7). College Park, MD: University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language.

Wayland, S., Silbert, N. H., O’Connell, S., Linck, J., Kramasz, D., Gynther, K., Bloomfield, A., & Blodgett, A. (2012) Second Language Listening Comprehension. CASL Report for Technical Task Order 81434. 40 pp.

Linck, J. A., Hughes, M. M., Campbell, S. G., Silbert, N. H., Tare, M., Jackson, S. R., Smith, B. K., Wall, D. G., Meyers, J. H., Bunting, M. F., & Doughty, C. J. (2012) Hi-LAB identifies successful high-proficiency language learners: Results of the group discrimination study. CASL Report for Technical Task Order 2105. 56 pp.

Bunting, M. F., Bowles, A. R., Campbell, S. G., Linck, J. A., Mislevy, M. A., Jackson, S. R., Tare, M., Silbert, N. H., Koeth, J. T., Blake III, C. C., Smith, B. K., Corbett, R., Willis, R. G., & Doughty, C. J. (2011) Reinventing DLAB: Potential new predictors of success at DLIFLC. CASL Report for Technical Task Order 82114. 628 pp.

 

Presentations and Posters

Silbert, N. H., Smith, B. K., & Jackson, S. R. (2013) Phonological structure, non-native phoneme discrimination, working memory, and word learning. Poster to be presented at the 21st International Congress on Acoustics/165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America/52nd Meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. [proceedings pdf] [poster]

Silbert, N. H., Linck, J. A., & VanDam, M. (2013) Multilevel models, covariates, and controlled factors in experimental speech research: Unified analyses of highly structured data. Invited talk to be presented at the 21st International Congress on Acoustics/165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America/52nd Meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association, Montréal, Quebec, Canada. [proceedings pdf] [slides]

VanDam, M., & Silbert, N. H. (2013) Precision and error of automatic speech recognition. Poster to be presented at the 21st International Congress on Acoustics/165th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America/52nd Meeting of the Canadian Acoustical Association, Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

Linck, J. A., Jackson, S. R., Silbert, N. H., Tare, M., Bowles, A., Campbell, S. G., & Bunting, M. F. (2012). Individual Differences in Executive Functions Predict Second Language Learning Success. Poster to be presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.

Campbell, S., Hughes, M., Linck, J., Silbert, N. H., Tare, M., & Bunting, M. (2012). Foreign Language Training Improves Other Cognitive Abilities. Poster to be presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.

Landy, D., Davis, Z. J., Guay, B. M., Delaunay, M. L., Charlesworth, A., & Silbert, N. (2012) Moving on Down the (Mental Number) Line. Talk to be presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.

Townsend, J. T., Houpt, J. W., & Silbert, N. (2012) A New parallel-channels general recognition theory, which predicts both response times and accuracy. Talk to be presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Minneapolis, MN.

Linck, J. A., Hughes, M. M., Campbell, S. G., Silbert, N. H., Tare, M., Jackson, S. R., Smith, B. K., Bunting, M. F., & Doughty, C. J. (2012). The contributions of executive functions for predicting adult second language acquisition to high proficiency levels. Paper to be presented in a special colloquium at the Second Language Research Forum, Pittsburgh, PA.

Hughes, M. M., Linck, J. A., Jackson, S. R., & Silbert, N. H. (2012). Predicting success in foreign language skills: Skill-specific validity of cognitive and perceptual abilities, biographical, personality, and motivational factors. Poster to be presented at the 2012 East Coast Organization of Language Testers, Washington, D. C.

Silbert, N. H., de Jong, K. J., Regier, K., & Albin, A. (2012) Prosodic position effects on the statistical relationships between distinctive features and acoustic-phonetic properties of English consonants. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132, 2001.

Vandam, M., Silbert, N. H., & Moeller, M. P. (2012) Effects of age, hearing loss, and phonological neighborhood density on children’s perceptual confusions. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 132, 2076.

Landy, D.,  Silbert, N. H., & Goldin, A. (2012) Getting off at the end of the line: The estimation of large numbers. To be presented at the 34th annual meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Sapporo, Japan.

Bowles, A. R., Doughty, C., Silbert, N. H., & Jackson, S. (2011) Individual differences in the ability to discriminate foreign language phonological contrasts. Presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle.

Linck, J. A., Jackson, S. R., Silbert, N. H., Tare, M., Bowles, A. R., & Bunting, M. F. (2011) Individual differences in working memory predict second language learning success. Presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Seattle.

Blaha, L., Silbert, N. H., & Townsend, J. T. (2011) A General Recognition Study of Racial Face Adaptation. Presented at the 27th Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics, Herzliya, Israel.

Silbert, N. H. (2011) Two hierarchical Bayesian General Recognition Theory models. Presented at the 44th annual meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology, Medford, Massachusetts.

Landy, D., Goldin, A., & Silbert, N. H. (2011) Estimating magnitude on a very large number line. Presented at the 44th annual meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology, Medford, Massachusetts.

Silbert, N. H., Smith, B., Campbell, S. & Doughty, C. (2011) Perceptual similarity, response bias, and novel phonetic categories. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129, 2423.

de Jong, K., Silbert, N. H., Regier, K. T. & Albin, A. (2011) Statistical relationships in distinctive feature models and acoustic-phonetic properties of English consonants. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129, 2455.

Vandam, M., Silbert, N. H., & Moeller, M. P. (2011) Repetition of words from dense and sparse phonological neighborhoods in children with hearing loss and normal hearing. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 129, 2626.

Blaha, L.M., Silbert, N.H. & Townsend, J.T. (2011) A General Recognition Theory Study of Race Adaptation. Presented at the 2011Vision Sciences Society Annual Meeting, Naples, Florida.

Rytting, A., & Silbert, N. H. (2011) Modeling non-native perceptual errors to refine Arabic dictionary search. Talk given at the Georgetown University Linguistics Friday Speaker Series, 25 March 2011.

Vandam, M. & Silbert, N. (2010) A Bayesian model of voice-onset time production. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 127, 1853.

Silbert, N. H., de Jong, K. J., Lentz, J. J., & Townsend, J. T. (2009) Integration of phonological information in obstruent consonant identification. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 126, 2302.

Meneer, T., Silbert, N., Cornes, K., Wenger, M. J., Townsend, J. T., & Donnelly, N. (2009) Contrasting methods of model estimation for configural and holistic perception. Poster presented at the 2009 Vision Sciences Society Meeting, Naples, FL.

Vandam, M., Silbert, N. H., & Port, R. F. (2009) Fine-grained control of voice onset time production, lexical usage-frequency, and phrasal context. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 126, 2182.

Townsend, J. T., Houpt. J. W., Silbert, N. H., & Altieri, N. A. (2009) Toward a new psychophysics based on geometry and stochastic systems theory. Keynote address presented at and appearing in in the proceedings of the 25th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics, Galway, Ireland.

Altieri, N., Silbert, N., & Townsend, J. T. (2009) An analysis of perceptual dependencies in audiovisual speech perception: A new approach. Talk presented at and appearing in the proceedings of the 25th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Psychophysics, Galway, Ireland.

Altieri, N., Silbert, N., & Pei, L. (2009) An investigation of perceptual dependencies in audiovisual speech perception. Poster presented at 10th International Multisensory Research Forum, New York.

Silbert, N., Townsend, J. T., & Lentz, J. J. (2008) Three types of decision bounds in General Recognition Theory. Talk given at the 41st Annual Society for Mathematical Psychology Conference, Washington, D.C.

de Jong, K., Hao, Y.-C., Park, H., & Silbert, N. (2008) The ‘[+English]’ effect in acquisition of English as a second language: Novelcategory biases in second language perception and production. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 123, 3332.

Silbert, N., & de Jong, K. (2007) Response bias, type and token frequency, and prosodic context in segment identification. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 122, 3019.

Silbert, N., Townsend, J. T., & Lentz, J. J. (2007) Independence in the perception of complex non-speech sounds. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 122, 3062.

Silbert, N., & de Jong, K. (2007) Distinctive features and mathematical models of perception and decision making. Poster presented at Where Do Features Come From? Phonological Primitives in the Brain, the Mouth, and the Ear, University of Paris III, Paris, France.

Silbert, N., & de Jong, K. (2007) Laryngeal Feature Structure in 1st and 2nd Language Speech Perception. Talk given at the 16th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences, Saarland University, Saarbrcken, Germany.

Silbert, N., Townsend, J. T., & Lentz, J. J. (2007) Independence in the perception of complex non-speech sounds. Poster presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Mathematical Psychology, University of California, Irvine.

de Jong, K.J., &, Silbert, N. (2005) On Segmental Factorability in Second Language Learning. Paper B10 presented at the First ASA Workshop on Second Language Acquisition, 15 May, 2005, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

de Jong, K., Silbert, N., & Park, H. (2004) Segments and segmental properties in cross-language perception: Korean perception of English obstruents in various prosodic locations. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 115, 2504.

Park, H., de Jong, K., & Silbert, N. (2004) Cross-language perceptual category mapping: Korean perception of English obstruents. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 115, 2504.

 

Working Papers

Silbert, N. H. & de Jong, K. (2011) English obstruent perception: The content of the p-map and its relationship to natural class structure. IULC Working Papers – Online, 11-4. [pdf]

de Jong, K., Hao, Y.-C., Park, H., & N. Silbert. (2008) Novel-category biases in second language perception and production. IULC Working Papers – Online, 08-09. [pdf]

de Jong, K.J., & Silbert, N. (2006) On Segmental Factorability in Second Language Learning. IULC Working Papers – Online, 06-02. [pdf]

Silbert, N., de Jong, K., & Park, H. (2005) Linguistic Generalization in L2 Consonant Identification Accuracy: a Preliminary Report. IULC Working Papers – Online, 05-01. [pdf]

Awards & Honors

Outstanding Research Award, Indiana University Cognitive Science Program, 2010
Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship, Cognitive Modeling Training Grant, 2006-2007

 

Professional Service

Reviewer, CogSci Annual Meeting Proceedings, 2010 – 2012
Reviewer, Speech Communication, 2010, 2011
Reviewer, Behavior Research Methods, 2010
Reviewer, Attention, Perception & Psychophysics, 2010
Reviewer, Journal of Phonetics, 2009, 2010
Reviewer, Language Learning, 2008

 

Professional Memberships

Acoustical Society of America
American Statistical Association
Association for Laboratory Phonology
Cognitive Science Society
Linguistic Society of America
Society for Mathematical Psychology

 

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