ERC Con­sol­ida­tor Grant awarded to Jonas Obleser

It is with great plea­sure that we can report on a new major grant for the Audi­tory Cog­ni­tion group / Obleser lab: In the 2014 call by the Euro­pean Research Coun­cil (ERC), Jonas Obleser has very recently been awarded an ERC Con­sol­ida­tor grant (for researchers 7–12 years post their PhD), worth 1.97 mil­lion €. The grant has been awarded to fund a project enti­tled “The lis­ten­ing chal­lenge: How age­ing brains adapt”. The project will last for five years.

Read the offi­cial ERC press release here.



19. March 2015 by Dr. Jonas Obleser
Categories: Ageing, Auditory Cortex, Events, Grants |

Strauß again — in Jour­nal of Neuroscience

Alumna Dr. Antje Strauß just got another paper on:

Alpha Phase Deter­mines Suc­cess­ful Lex­i­cal Deci­sion in Noise

by Antje Strauß, Molly Henry, Math­ias Scharinger, and Jonas Obleser

appeared in Jour­nal of Neu­ro­science. Check the abstract below;


19. February 2015 by Steven Kalinke
Categories: EEG / MEG, Neural Oscillations, Neural Phase, Papers, Publications | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

New Paper out in Psy­chophys­i­ol­ogy — Wilsch et al.

A new paper on

Slow-delta phase con­cen­tra­tion marks improved tem­po­ral expec­ta­tions based on the pas­sage of time

by AC PhD Anna Wilsch, alumni post­docs Molly Henry & Björn Her­rmann, AC head Jonas Obleser along with Burkhard Maess appeared in Psychophysiology.

Check the online source, or take a quick look on the abstract below.



  • Wilsch A1, Henry MJ, Her­rmann B, Maess B, Obleser J. Slow-delta phase con­cen­tra­tion marks improved tem­po­ral expec­ta­tions based on the pas­sage of time. Psy­chophys­i­ol­ogy. 2015 Feb 16. PMID: 25684032. [Open with Read]

18. February 2015 by Steven Kalinke
Categories: EEG / MEG, Neural Oscillations, Neural Phase, Papers, Publications | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

2015 — Embrac­ing Change in the Obleser Lab

Time flies: The Audi­tory Cog­ni­tion group aka The Obleser Lab has just entered its fifth year. We took off prop­erly in early 2011, so this is a good point in time to briefly recap. We have had four excit­ing and very pro­duc­tive years so far, and this fifth year is bring­ing a lot of excit­ing turn-over as well. First, new faces have joined our group:

Dr. Sophie Herbst a psy­chol­o­gist with keen inter­ests in time per­cep­tion joined us as a post­doc, com­ing from Niko Busch’s lab at the Char­ité Berlin.

Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Lorenz Fiedler joined us to help us build real-time links between EEG and hear­ing aids, as planned in our Volk­swa­gen project.

Sec­ond, a few great tal­ents have moved on with the begin­ning of 2015:

Antje Strauß just received her Dr. rer. nat. (PhD) from the Uni­ver­sity of Leipzig and is now at the GIPSA lab, Uni­ver­sity of Greno­ble, France.

Dr. Molly Henry and Dr. Björn Her­rmann have both taken up new Post­doc­toral jobs at the Uni­ver­sity of West­ern Ontario, Lon­don, Ontario, CA. They will be work­ing with Jes­sica Grahn and Ingrid John­srude, respec­tively.

Dr. Alex Brand­meyer could not resist a fan­tas­tic offer by Dolby Sys­tems Inc., San Fran­cisco to join them as a research scientist.

Ear­lier in autumn 2014 already, Julia Erb had taken up a post­doc posi­tion with Elia Formisano at the Uni­ver­sity of Maas­tricht.

… the best of luck and many thanks to all the new AC alumni!

Lastly, Jonas as head of the group has just been appointed Pro­fes­sor for Research Meth­ods and Sta­tis­tics at the (newly-founded) Depart­ment of Psy­chol­ogy, Uni­ver­sity of Lübeck, Ger­many.

These great news also imply that the Audi­tory Cog­ni­tion group as a whole will, as con­ceived by the Max Planck Soci­ety when pro­vid­ing this five-year start-up fund­ing, slowly trans­plant to a new place, namely: Lübeck, over the year to come. Watch this space! Yet, the labels “” and “” will surely remain active and move with us.

09. February 2015 by Steven Kalinke
Categories: Editorial Notes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Max Planck Soci­ety reports on Wöst­mann et al.’s Neural alpha dynamics

Some days ago the Max Planck Soci­ety put out a news fea­ture on our most recent Jour­nal of Neu­ro­science paper (see our post):

Aufmerk­sam zuhören — Hirn-Wellen zeigen Mühen des Hörens im Alter an


It nicely wraps up Malte’s exper­i­ment on alpha dynam­ics in younger and older lis­ten­ers. Check the link above for the full arti­cle (German).



  • Wöst­mann M1, Her­rmann B2, Wilsch A2, Obleser J3. Neural alpha dynam­ics in younger and older lis­ten­ers reflect acoustic chal­lenges and pre­dic­tive ben­e­fits. J Neu­rosci. 2015 Jan 28;35(4):1458–67. PMID: 25632123. [Open with Read]

02. February 2015 by Steven Kalinke
Categories: Auditory Cortex, Auditory Neuroscience, Clinical relevance, Degraded Acoustics, EEG / MEG, Executive Functions, Hearing Loss, Media, Neural Oscillations, Papers, Publications, Speech | Tags: , , , , , |

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