Our lab studies aspects of hearing that are particularly important to humans, such as determining where a sound is coming from or recognizing speech and music. We examine how auditory processing is affected by attention, memory, and the relations between perception and action. We also strive to understand the cognitive and neurobiological differences that accompany normal aging, age-related neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's disease, and speech fluency disorders.
In many studies we monitor the brain's electrical activity using event-related potentials and EEG while subjects perform cognitive tasks. Our lab also uses transcranial magnetic and electrical stimulation to transiently influence brain activity. Ongoing studies also employ computational modeling and MRI.