18 April 2017

Research group headed by Elia Formisano reveals the human brain computations underlying real-life listening

The sounds we encounter in everyday life are complex and various. How the human brain analyses their acoustics remains largely unknown.  A new study published in this week’s issue of PNAS and conducted by UM researchers at the Maastricht Brain Imaging Center (MBIC, FPN) and at the Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology (MaCSBio) shows that mathematical modelling in combination with high spatial resolution functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) enables reverse engineering of the human brain computations underlying real-life listening.

This research has also relevant implications beyond neuroscience, as a detailed understanding of the brain mechanisms for sound analysis will help developing novel and optimized algorithms and devices for automated sound analysis and artificial hearing.

About MBIC

The Maastricht Brain Imaging Center (MBIC) is a research center founded by the Faculty of Psychology and Neurosciences (FPN) of Maastricht University. It coordinates the brain imaging research of FPN members conducted using the MR imaging facilities of Scannexus. 

The research core of MBIC is formed by members of the Department of Cognitive Neuroscience.

About MaCSBio

The Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology (MaCSBio) is a joint initiative of the Faculty of Psychology & Neuroscience (FPN), Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences (FHML) and Faculty of Humanities and Sciences (FHS).

The centre’s primary aim is to facilitate the integration of biological data coming from several empirical domains using mathematical multi-scale modelling approaches.