In these last months of 2014, I am spending a few weeks in New York and the East Coast. Thanks to my generous host Peter Lakatos at the NKI and pampered by the marvellous Erasmus Mundus program initiated by Rudolf Ruebsamen and Marc Schoenwiesner, I am fortunate to explore with Peter a comparative view on the role of alpha oscillations in auditory cortex and in thalamo-cortical circuits.
This stay essentially sandwiches a productive visit to the Society for Neuroscience 2014 meeting in DC a few weeks ago, where our group presented four posters this year.
Also, it has been a great honour to be awarded the Young Investigators Spotlight talk at this year’s APAN meeting (an annual auditory-neuroscience SfN satellite). Invitations to the labs of David Poeppel (for the impressive annual BryCoCo bash); Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, Oded Ghitza, and Steve Colbourn (at the Boston Hearing Research Center) and to the lab of Sabine Kastner (Princeton Neuroscience Institute) have rendered this stay highly memorable before it is even over.
Congratulation to PhD student Malte Wöstmann, who – with Erich Schröger and Jonas Obleser – has a new article in press at the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
forthcoming. We will update you accordingly as the paper comes online. We will share however one of Malte’s figures here as a teaser: The paper utilises a very classic component of the evoked potential, the contingent negative variation (the CNV; or a close relative thereof, see the actual paper for discussion) to study how older and younger listeners allocate their attentional resources depending on implicit cues on to-be-expected listening difficulties.
Congratulations to Auditory Cognition’s very own Molly Henry who, with Björn Herrmann and Jonas Obleser, is about to publish yet another PNAS paper:
Henry MJ, Herrmann B, & Obleser J. PNAS, in press.
We are very excited about this one, as it harks back to Molly’s 2012 PNAS paper yet ups the ante somewhat: How do neural oscillations behave towards a more realistically complex mixture of acoustic regularities, and how does listening behaviour change as a function of various neural entrained phases?
Stay tuned until after PNAS embargo has been lifted![UPDATE]
PNAS paper is online. Check it out here.
In a collaboration with the University Clinic of Leipzig and Prof Dr Gesa Hartwigsen (now University of Kiel), a new paper is to appear in “Cortex”, in the forthcoming special issue on Prediction in Speech and Language, edited by Alessandro Tavano and AC alumnus Mathias Scharinger.
Hartwigsen G, Golombek T, & Obleser J.
Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation over left angular gyrus modulates the predictability gain in degraded speech comprehension”. Cortex (in press)
Check it out soon!
Dr Björn Herrmann did it again, and is in press at NeuroImage with Herrmann, Henry, Scharinger, & Obleser on