Group Leader of Basic Mechanisms of Auditory Pattern Recognition at the Department of Systems Physiology of Learning at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology Magdeburg
My group is interested understanding hearing. One line of research focuses on sound detection and discrimination, as functions of various stimulus parameters and under different conditions, and understanding their underlying neural bases. The research involves measurements of detection and discrimination thresholds with psychoacoustic procedures, of reactions times, and of the electroencephalogram, and modeling. A second, related, line of research aims to understand the spontaneous and sound-driven spike patterns of auditory-nerve fibers and also involves modeling. A third line of research, pursued in collaboration with the Special Labs Non-invasive Brain Imaging and Primate Neurobiology at the LIN, aims at identifying physiological correlates of auditory working memory, needed for example for stimulus discrimination, in the auditory cortex in humans and primates.
Keywords: auditory system – absolute threshold – discrimination threshold – auditory-nerve physiology – modelin