William Yost

Research Professor (FSC)
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020
Research Professor (FSC)
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020
Research Professor (FSC)
Faculty
DTPHX Campus
Mailcode
9020

Biography

William A. Yost is a research professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science in the College of Health Solutions. He has published more than 335 reports, articles, book chapters, and books in areas of hearing science, especially auditory behavioral neuroscience. His research has been continuously funded since 1968. He is currently supported by funding from the National Institutes of Health and Oculus/Facebook.

He is a fellow and former president of the Acoustical Society of America; and a fellow of the American Speech, Hearing, and Language Association; Association for Psychological Sciences; and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He is also a National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council National Associate; former president of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology; former member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute for Deafness and Other Communications Disorders. He has also served on boards of the American Institute of Physics; National Science Foundation; several institutes at the National Institutes of Health; Air Force Office of Scientific Research; Office of Naval Research; Veterans Administration; American Auditory Society; House Ear Institute; University of Iowa; University of Maryland; Boston University; Cambridge University; American Academy of Audiology; American Psychological Association; and Association for Psychological Sciences.

Education

  • B.A. Psychology (Minor in Mathematics): The Colorado College 1966 
  • Ph.D. Experimental Psychology: Indiana University 1970
  • National Science Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellow: University of California at San Diego 1970-1971

Research Interests

Auditory perception and psychoacoustics in areas of pitch perception, sound localization including localizing sounds in reverberant environments and virtual auditory environments, processing sounds with modulated waveforms, sound source determination and segregation, and computational modeling with respect to time-based neural models of complex sounds. Animal psychophysics in areas related to pitch perception and processing modulated sounds. Applications of this work to societal issues such as noise pollution (on land and in the seas), hearing impairment and hearing aids, and people-machine interactions.

Publications

  • Dorman, M.F., Yost, William A, Wilson, B.S., Gifford, R.H. Speech Perception and Sound Localization by Adults with Bilateral Cochlear Implants. (2011).
  • . . Review of: Introduction to Normal Auditory Perception (2010).
  • W. A. Yost. Pitch Percpetion. Attention, Percpetion, and Psychophysics (2009).
  • W.A. Yost. Iterated Ripple Noise Discrimination at Long Durations. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (2009).
  • W.A. Yost and W. Shofner. The Critical Band and Critical Ratio: Data from the Chinchilla. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (2009).
  • W.A. Yost. Pitch Perception. Emcylopedia of Perception (2009).
  • W.A> Yost. Auditory Locaization: Psychophysics. Encyclopeia of Perception (2009).
  • Sheft, Stanley and Yost, William A. Method of Adjustment measures of informational masking between auditory streams. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America (2008).
  • William A. Yost. Pitch Perception. Handbook of the Senses (2008).
  • Yost, William A, Fay, R R, Popper, A. The Perception of Sound Sources, Springer-Verlag Handbook of Auditory Research (SHAR). (2007).
  • . . Complex Sound Perception: An Overview, in Behavioral and Neurobiological Bases of Human Complex-Sound Processing for Frontiers of Bioscience (2007).
  • . . Encyclopedia of Perception (2007).
  • . . Handbook of Noise and Vibration Control (2007).
  • . . Handbook of the Senses (2007).
  • . . Hearing: From Sensory Processing to Perception (2006).

Research Activity

Courses

Summer 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 784Internship
Summer 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 784Internship
Spring 2014
Course NumberCourse Title
SHS 311Hearing Science

Presentations

  • Sheft, S., Yost, William A., and Shafiro V. Discrimination of Periodic Spectral Ripples in Relationship to Speech Perception,. American Auditory Society (Mar 2011).
  • Loiselle, L, Dorman, M., Yost, William A., Cook, S. Localization in Bilateral Hearing Aid Users,. American Auditory Society (Mar 2011).
  • Yost, William A. What We Dont Know About Sound Source Localization. Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Society (Jan 2011).
  • W.A. Yost. Autocorrelation Models of Pitch Perception. Acoustical Society of America (May 2009).
  • W.A. Yost and Christopher Brown. The effect of flanking bands on sensitivity to interaural time differences. Acosutical Society of America (May 2009).
  • W.A. Yost. . Sound Source Perception. Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Society (Jan 2009).
  • W.A. Yost. Auditory Plasticity. Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Society (Jan 2009).
  • Brown, C and Yost, William A. The Effect of Flanking Bands on Sensitivity to Interaural Time Differences. Meeting of the Acousitcal Society of America, Paris (Jul 2008).
  • Yost, William A. Informational Masking: Is it really attention?. Meeting of the Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience Society (Jan 2008).
  • Brown, Chris, Yost, William. The effect of spectral overlap on sensitivity to interaural time differences. Acoustical Society of America
  • Yost, William. Informational Masking: Is it really Auditory Attention.
  • Yost, William. Auditory Objects and Auditory Perception.
  • Yost, William. Lead-lag precedence paradigm as a function of relative level and number of lag stimuli. International Congress of Acoustics
  • Yost, William. Attention and Memory: Important Topics for the Future Study of Hearing. Conference on New Directions in Hearing
  • Yost, William. Informational Masking: What is it Anyway?. COSYNE Conference
  • Yost, William, Sheft, Stanley. Modulation Detection Inference as Informational Masking. Hearing: From Basic Research to Applications-International Symposium on Hearing

Honors/Awards

  • Awarded Honors, American Speech, Hearing, and Language Association (2017) 
  • Faculty Scholar, Loyola University Chicago  (2002-2007)
  • Silver Medal in Psychological and Physiological Acoustics, Acoustical Society of America (2006) 
  • Honorary degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, from The Colorado College (1997)
  • Faculty Member of the Year, Loyola University Chicago (1994)

Professional Associations

He is a National Academy of Sciences-National Research Council National Associate; ASA former President; ARO former President; former Member of the National Advisory Council of the National Institute for Deafness and Other Communications Disorders (NIDCD) of the NIH. He has also served on boards of the American Institute of Physics (AIP); NSF; several institutes at the NIH; Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR); Office of Naval Research (ONR); Veterans Administration (VA); American Auditory Society (AAS); House Ear Institute; University of Iowa; University of Maryland; Boston University; Cambridge University; ASHA; American Academy of Audiology (AAA); American Psychological Association (APA); and Association for Psychological Sciences (APS).

Service

  • Sage Encyclopedia of Perception, Editorial Advisory Board (2006 - Present)
  • Tinnitus Research Consortium, (2005 - Present)
  • Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing (C-CEBH), University of Maryland, ADVISORY BOARDS (2003 - Present)
  • University of Iowa Cochlear Prosthesis Program, ADVISORY BOARD (2001 - Present)
  • Standards Activities for the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Individual Expert S3 Accredited Standards Committee on Bio-Acoustics (1983 - Present)
  • Lessons for Succcess, ASHA, Committee Member (2008 - 2013)
  • American Institute of Physics, Panel on Public Policy (2010 - 2013)
  • American Speech-Language, Hearing Association, Member Lessons for Success Conference 2007-2012 (2007 - 2012)
  • National Institute of Deafnes and Other Communication Disorders, Co-Chair: Working Group writing Strategic Plan for Hearing and Balance (2010 - 2012)
  • Council of the National Institute for Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, Member (Health and Human Services appointment) (2007 - 2011)
  • American Speech-Hearing-Language Association, Lessons for Success Faculty Participant (2010 - 2011)
  • Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Chair, Investments Committee (2007 - 2010)
  • Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Member, Panel on Public Policy (POPP) (2007 - 2010)
  • American Institute of Physics (AIP), Member, Committee on Public Policy (2007 - 2010)
  • Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Chair, Development Committee (2006 - 2010)
  • Ad Hoc Committee on Meetings Outside the US, ASA, Chair (2008 - 2009)
  • Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Program Co-Chair, 2008 (2008 - 2008)
  • American Speech, Language, and Hearing Association, Member (2007 - 2008)
  • Perception and Psychophysics, Associate Editor (2001 - 2008)
  • Veterans Administration, (2005 - 2007)
  • Center for Comparative and Evolutionary Biology of Hearing (C-CEBH), University of Maryland, Chair, Advisory Board (2004 - 2007)
  • Veterans Administration-Neurology C, Review Panels (2004 - 2007)
  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research, Ad Hoc Reviewer (1995 - 2007)
  • National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), Ad Hoc (External) Reviewer (1995 - 2007)
  • Standards Activities for the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Chair S3.78 Working Group on Auditory Thresholds (1986 - 2007)
  • National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), Ad Hoc (External) Reviewer (2006 - 2006)
  • Acoustical Society of America (ASA), Member, Society of the Presidents of Scientific Societies (2003 - 2006)
  • Acoustical Society of America (ASA), President (2005 - 2005)
  • Standards Activities for the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Member, ANSI Working Group S12, W/G 42-Classroom Acoustics (1999 - 2004)
  • National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), Ad Hoc (External) Reviewer (2003 - 2003)
  • Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (JARO), Member, Publication Board (1999 - 2003)
  • National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), Ad Hoc (External) Reviewer (2002 - 2002)
  • National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), Ad Hoc (External) Reviewer (2001 - 2001)
  • National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), Ad Hoc (External) Reviewer (2000 - 2000)
  • National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), Ad Hoc (External) Reviewer (1999 - 1999)
  • National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), Ad Hoc (External) Reviewer (1998 - 1998)
  • Science Advisory Council (SAC), House Ear Institute, Member (1995 - 1998)
  • Veterans Administration, Review Panels (1994 - 1994)
  • National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), Ad Hoc (External) Reviewer (1993 - 1993)
  • Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO), President (1988 - 1988)
  • National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Neurological Disease Communication Disorders and Stroke (NINCDS), Ad Hoc (External) Reviewer (1985 - 1985)
  • National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Neurological Disease Communication Disorders and Stroke (NINCDS), Ad Hoc (External) Reviewer (1984 - 1984)
  • National Institute of Aging (NIA), Ad Hoc (External) Reviewer (1983 - 1983)
  • National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Neurological Disease Communication Disorders and Stroke (NINCDS), Ad Hoc (External) Reviewer (1982 - 1982)
  • National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), Ad Hoc (External) Reviewer (1980 - 1980)
  • Canada Fisheries and Ocean’s Program, Ad Hoc Reviewer (Present)
  • DARPA, Ad Hoc Reviewer (Present)
  • Department of Education, Ad Hoc Reviewer (Present)
  • Department of Energy, Ad Hoc Reviewer (Present)
  • Environmental Protection Agency, Ad Hoc Reviewer (Present)
  • National Science Foundation, Ad Hoc Reviewer (Present)
  • Office of Naval Research, Ad Hoc Reviewer (Present)

Work History

Previously: Arizona State University (2007- ): Professor of Speech and Hearing Science (2007-2014), Chair of Speech and Hearing Science (2007-2013), and Honors Faculty (2010-); Loyola University Chicago (1977-2007): Professor of Psychology (1977-2007), Professor of Hearing Sciences of the Parmly Hearing Institute (1981-2007), Adjunct Professor of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery (1980-2007), Associate Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School (1998-2004), Director of the Parmly Hearing Institute (1977-2001), and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Minor (1994-2001); University of Florida (1971-1977): Assistant Professor (1971-1975) and Associate Professor (1975-1977) (dual academic appointment: Speech and Hearing Sciences and Psychology); Program Officer National Science Foundation (NSF, 1982-1984), on leave from Loyola University Chicago.