Lori Holt is a specialist in auditory cognitive neuroscience and investigates how the brain interprets sound to solve problems related to speech perception and communication disorders.
Holt is the recipient of a 21st Century Scientist Award for Mind, Brain and Behavior from the James S. McDonnell Foundation and her research has been recognized by awards from her peers at the Acoustical Society of America, the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association and the National Organization for Hearing Research. In 2007, the Association for Psychological Science named her a Rising Star in Psychology. Holt has been named a 2013 winner of the National Academy of Sciences Troland Research Award for "studies advancing our understanding of the sensory and cognitive processes that are fundamental to the perception of speech."
Her research program builds from considering human speech recognition as arising from general, and not uniquely human or speech-specific, mechanisms.