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David Jenson, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences


  • University of Tennessee, Speech and Hearing Science, PhD
  • University of Tennessee, Speech Language Pathology, MS
  • Davidson College, Psychology, BA

Selected Research

Jenson, D. and Saltuklaroglu, T. (2022).  Dynamic auditory contributions to error detection revealed in the discrimination of Same and Different syllable pairs.  Neuropsychologia, (30), 1-12, doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2022.108388

Jenson, D. (2021).  Audiovisual incongruence differentially impacts left and right hemisphere sensorimotor oscillations: Potential applications to production.  PLOS One, 16(10), 1-28, doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0258335

Jenson, D. and Saltuklaroglu, T. (2021).  Sensorimotor contributions to working memory differ between the discrimination of Same and Different syllable pairs.  Neuropsychologia, 159, 107947.  doi:10:1016/j.neuropsychologia.2021.107947

Oliveira, D., Saltuklaroglu, T., Thornton, D., Jenson, D., Harkrider, A.W., Rafferty, M.B., and Casenhiser, D. (2021).  Mu rhythm dynamics suggest automatic activation of motor and premotor brain regions during speech processing.  Journal of Neurolinguistics. 60, 1-12. doi:10.1016/j.neuroling.2021.101006

Jenson, D., Bowers, A.L., Hudock, D., and Saltuklaroglu, T., (2020).  The Application of EEG Mu Rhythm Measures to Neurophysiological Research in Stuttering.  Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 13 (458), 1-21. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2019.00458

Jenson, D., Thornton, D., Harkrider, A.W., and Saltuklaroglu, T., (2019).  Influences of Cognitive Load on Sensorimotor Contributions to Working Memory:  An EEG investigation of mu rhythm activity during speech discrimination.  Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 166, 1-12. doi:10.1016/j.nlm.2019.107098

Bowers, A., Saltuklaroglu, T., Jenson, D., Harkrider, A., and Thornton, D. (2019). Power and phase coherence in sensorimotor mu and temporal lobe alpha components during covert and overt syllable production. Experimental Brain Research 237 (3), 705-721. doi:10.1007/s00221-018-5447-4

Thornton, D., Harkrider, A.W., Jenson, D., and Saltuklaroglu, T. (2019) Sex differences in early sensorimotor processing for speech discrimination.  Scientific Reports 9 (1), 392, 1-13. doi:10.1038/s41598-018-36775-5

Saltuklaroglu, T., Harkrider, A. W., Casenhiser, D., Reilly, K. J., Jenson, D., Thornton, D. (2018).  EEG mu rhythms: Rich sources of sensorimotor information in speech processing.  Brain and Language, 187, 41-61. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2018.09.005

Jenson, D., Reilly, K. J., Harkrider, A. W., Thornton, D., Saltuklaroglu, T. (2018). Trait Related Internal Modeling Deficits in People Who Stutter: An EEG investigation of mu rhythm dynamics during spontaneous fluency. NeuroImage: Clinical.

Kittilstvedt, T., Reilly, K. J., Jenson, D., Thornton, D., Saltuklaroglu, T. (2018). The Effects of Fluency Enhancing Conditions on Sensorimotor Control in Typically Fluent Speakers. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience,

Saltuklaroglu, T., Harkrider, A. W., Thornton, D., Jenson, D., Kittilstvedt, T. (2017). EEG Mu (µ) Rhythm Spectra and Oscillatory Activity Differentiate Stuttering from Non-Stuttering Adults. NeuroImage 153, 232-245.

Thornton, D., Harkrider, A. W., Jenson, D., Saltuklaroglu, T. (2017). Sensorimotor activity measured via oscillations of EEG mu rhythms in speech and non-speech discrimination tasks with and without segmentation demands. Brain and Language.

Cuellar, M., Harkrider, A.W., Jenson, D., Thornton, D., Bowers, A., Saltuklaroglu, T. (2016). Time-frequency analysis of the EEG mu rhythm as a measure of sensorimotor integration in the latter stages of swallowing. Clinical Neurophysiology 127, 2625-2635.

Jenson, D., Harkrider, A. W., Thornton, D., Bowers, A. L., & Saltuklaroglu, T. (2015). Auditory cortical deactivation during speech production and following speech perception: an EEG investigation of the temporal dynamics of the auditory alpha rhythm. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 534.

Jenson, D., Bowers, A. L., Harkrider, A. W., Thornton, D., Cuellar, M., & Saltuklaroglu, T. (2014). Temporal dynamics of sensorimotor integration in speech perception and production: independent component analysis of EEG data. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 656.

Research Interests

  • Neurophysiology of stuttering
  • Neural markers of stuttering
  • Neural biomarkers of persistence/recovery
  • Sensorimotor processes supporting speech perception and production

Courses Taught

  • SHS 377 – Anatomy and Physiology of Speech Production
  • SHS 479 – Neuroanatomy
  • SHS 556 – Problems in Stuttering

David Jenson
David Jenson, PhD
Assistant Professor