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Auditory Perception and Cognition
Led by: Elia Formisano - Profile page
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The Auditory perception and cognition research unit aims at understanding how our brain builds meaningful descriptions of the auditory world. We investigate the fundamental organisational principles of the auditory cortex and the basic neural mechanisms of hearing. We focus on neural mechanisms for sensory-to-perceptual transformations of sounds and auditory scenes. We also study the neural basis of voice, speech and music perception.
Our experimental approach integrates: 1) psychophysics paradigms in standard and virtual reality settings, 2) non-invasive measurements of brain activity at high spatial (fMRI at 3T, 7T and 9.4T) and high temporal (EEG/MEG) resolution, 3) computational modeling of sound structure, and 4) advanced data analysis techniques such as statistical pattern recognition and machine learning methods.
We are part of the Erasmus Mundus Student Exchange Network in Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience and contribute to the Maastricht Centre for Systems Biology (MaCSBio).