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Lynne Werner, Ph.D.

  • Hearing Development
  • Psychophysical Measures of Infant Hearing

Dept. of Speech & Hearing Sciences
(For Campus Mail only: Box 354875)
University of Washington
1417 NE 42nd St.
Seattle, WA 98105-6246


Office:(206) 543-8290 Fax:(206) 543-1093
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Dr. Lynne A. Werner has been a member of the faculty at the University of Washington since 1986. She held faculty positions at Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia prior to coming to Washington. She received her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at Loyola University of Chicago.    

Dr. Werner developed the first successful method for measuring behavioral sensitivity to sound in infants as young as 1 month of age. The results of this work have shown that hearing development is affected not only by the development of the ear and auditory nervous system, but also by the development of higher level processes such as attention. The implications of the work extend from understanding and remediating the effects of early hearing impairment, to understanding the development of speech perception, to understanding mature hearing.

Dr. Werner is responsible for teaching several courses, including:

Selected Publications

Werner, L.A. 1996. The development of auditory behavior (or what the anatomists and physiologists have to explain). Ear and Hearing, 17, 438-446.

Werner, L.A. and Gray, L. 1998. Behavioral studies of hearing development. In E.W Rubel, A.N.Popper, and R.R. Fay (Eds.) Development of the auditory system. Vol. 5, Springer handbook of auditory research. New York: Springer-Verlag, 12-79.

Werner, L.A. 1995. Observer-based approaches to human infant psychoacoustics. In R. Dooling, R.R. Fay, G. Klump, and W. Stebbins (Eds). Methods in Comparative Psychoacoustics. Basel: Birkhäuser, 135-146.

Werner, L.A., Mancl, L.R., and Folsom, R.C. 1996. Preliminary observations on the development of auditory sensitivity in infants with Down syndrome. Ear and Hearing, 17, 455-468.

Werner, L.A. 1999. Forward masking among infant and adult listeners. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 105, 2445-2453.
Werner, L.A. and Bernstein, I.L. 2001. Development of the auditory, gustatory, olfactory and somatosensory systems. In E.B. Goldstein (Ed.), Blackwell’s Handbook of Perception. Oxford: Blackwell Publishers, 669-708.
Werner, L. A., & Boike, K. 2001. Infants' sensitivity to broadband noise. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 109, 2103-2111.
Werner, L. A., Folsom, R. C., Mancl, L. R., & Syapin, C. 2001. Human auditory brainstem response to temporal gaps in noise. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 40, 737-750.
Leibold, L.J. and Werner, L.A. 2002. Relationship between intensity and reaction time in normal hearing infants and adults. Ear and Hearing, 23, 92-97.
Werner, L.A. 2002. Infant auditory capabilities. Current Opinion in Otolarynogology. 10, 398-402.
Werner, L.A. 2004. Early development of the auditory system. In R.A. Polin, W.W. Fox and S.H. Abman (eds.) Fetal and neonatal physiology (3rd Edition). Philadelphia: Saunders. (pp. 1803-1818)
Werner, L.A. and Leibold, L.J. 2004. Developmental ecological psychoacoustics. In J. Neuhoff (ed.), Ecological Psychoacoustics. San Diego: Elsevier (pp. 192-219).
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