News & Updates

  • Recieved UWO BrainsCAN funding- July 20, 2018

    Good news: Our research grant is accepted for funding (UWO BrainsCAN). Ingrid S. Johnsrude and I will work on developing a new approach to assess cognitive challenges when listening to degraded real-world auditory stimuli. This is very exciting and will hopeful provide us with interesting results.

  • New paper accepted- July 10, 2018

    The Journal of Neuroscience just accepted our new manuscript (Wilsch et al.), where we report work on the effects of temporal expectations on sensory memory using MEG. It will appear soon.

  • Journal of Neuroscience accepted paper- May 6, 2018

    I am happy to have heard back from J Neuroscience today. Our paper got accepted for publication. In three EEG experiments, we investigate the relation between neural synchronization and sustained neural activity for processing temporal patterns in sounds. Check it out.

  • Tuebingen symposium on audition and vision- March 4, 2018

    I look forward to the New Horizon Symposium on Vision and Hearing Research. If you are around, come and see great speakers. I will be talking about the processing of temporal regularities in aging on Tuesday the 6th.

  • First steps into bioRxiv- February 7, 2018

    We just made available on bioRxiv our new work on the neural signatures of temporal pattern processing (also at ARO in San Diego on Feb 13th, pdf). We investigate the relation between neural synchronization and sustained neural activity for processing temporal patterns in sounds.

  • Stimulus statistcial adaptation: J Neurosci acceptance- January 14, 2018

    The Journal of Neuroscience just accepted our manuscript (link) in which we show data on adaptation to stimulus statistics in aging. We show that adaptation to sound-level statistics is altered in auditory cortex of older people.

  • Received awesome postdoc fellowship award- November 1, 2017

    I have just heard the good news. I am awarded with one of the prestigious BrainsCAN (Tier I) postdoc postions that will allow me to work with B. Allman, I. Johnsrude, E. Bartlett, and S. Schmid at Western and Purdue on the neurophysiology of hearing in humans and rats. This will be exciting 3 years.

  • Hiring a postdoc in Ingrid Johnsrude lab- October 31, 2017

    We are currently looking for a motivated postdoc to come to Western's Brain and Mind Institute to work in Ingrid's lab on the cognitive neuroscience of hearing. You would use psychophysics, EEG, and/or fMRI in young and older listeners to study how sound is processed by the brain. Check out the job ad.

  • New tutorial: Detrended fluctuation analysis- September 12, 2017

    Variability in neural (or other physiological) signals is not necessarily noise. Detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) approaches analysis of variablity by quantifing the scaling behavior (or long-term correlation) in time series. In a new tutorial, I describe how DFA is calculated.

  • Going to Auditory Cortex conference- September 6, 2017

    I am going to Auditory Cortex conference in beautiful Banff, Canada. I will give a talk on Monday (11th) afternoon on age-related changes in neural adaptation to stimulus statistics. I will also present a poster on this topic right after (download). Please find me at the conference if you are interested.

  • Cutting EEG symposium in Glasgow- June 18, 2017

    I am looking foward to the symposium on cool EEG stuff, with great speakers and workshops. I hope to learn lots about information theory and biophysical modeling. I also will have a poster on Wednesday (21st), so, if you are in Glasgow, stop by.

  • New tutorial: Multi-scale entropy- May 31, 2017

    Variability in neural (or other physiological) signals is not necessarily noise, but may provide important information about complexity and function in the brain. One way to assess complexity in physiological signals is multi-scale entropy (MSE). In a new tutorial, I describe how MSE is calculated.

  • Great news from Nature Communications: Manuscript accepted- May 4, 2017

    Paper accepted: "Aging affects the balance of neural entrainment and top-down neural modulation in the listening brain" first-authored by Molly Henry. We show the relation between neural entrainment of low-frequency oscillations and top-down alpha power during listening.

  • Western's Postdoctoral Scholar of the Year Award- May 2, 2017

    I am very happy to have received Western's Postdoctoral Scholar of the Year Award 2017 for my work at the Brain & Mind Institute and Western.

  • Auditory cortex & frequency-following responses- April 21, 2017

    Emma Holmes and I just received the news that our short comment (Journal Club) article "Revisiting the contribution of auditory cortex to frequency-following responses" has been accepted in The Journal of Neuroscience.

  • First purely behavioral paper got accepted in JEP HPP- March 17, 2017

    In the paper "Attentional State Modulates the Effect of an Irrelevant Stimulus Dimension on Perception" we show that when listening situations are not optimal, reliance on learned correlations between acoustic features increases. It will soon appear in JEP HPP.

  • Flying to Baltimore for ARO- February 9, 2017

    I am going to ARO in Baltimore tomorrow. Come see my talk on the 12th during the symposium on "Patterns in sound sequences" (8-10 am). A few hours after my talk, I have to head out already, leaving for Germany and the Max Planck Society.

  • PLoS ONE accepted our manuscript- February 7, 2017

    In this paper (Henry, Herrmann, & Grahn), we provide simulations and behavioral data that caution about a recently used method to study neural signals related beat perception. The paper will soon appear in PLoS ONE.

  • Received postdoctoral collaborative research grant- January 31, 2017

    Dan Stolzberg and I recieved one of the Brain & Mind Institute (Western University) postdoctoral collaborative research grants. In an across-species approach, we will study the influence of a correlated, but task-irrelevant sound feature on perception of another sound feature.

  • Travel to SfN and APAN (Nov 11th to 16th) in a few days- November 5, 2016

    I present data showing that an individual's attentional state modulates the influence of an irrelevant stimulus dimension on perception of another stimulus dimension. You can have a look at my poster here.

  • Collaborative work with Purdue friends got accepted- October 31, 2016

    The European Journal of Neuroscience has accepted our latest work. Together with Ed Bartlett (Purdue University) and Aravind Parthasarathy (now at Harvard Medical School) we investigated the effects of aging on neural synchronization in the inferior colliculus in rats (full text).

  • New tutorial on linear-nonlinear models- July 9, 2016

    Since I had trouble understanding these models for forever (and still have for some aspects of it), I thought a simple tutorial explaining step-by-step the main stages involved as well as providing matlab code might help somebody who is new to the topic (link).

  • Awesome! Neurobiology of Aging accepted my recent work- Mai 8, 2016

    In the paper, we show that aging goes hand in hand with an increased auditory cortex response magnitude, reduced response variability, a larger dynamic response range, and reduced sensitivity to temporal context (full text).

  • Wöstmann, Herrmann, Maess & Obleser just accepted in PNAS- February 26, 2016

    In "The spatiotemporal dynamics of auditory attention synchronize with speech" we show that the spatio-temporal modulations of alpha power are predictive of speech recognition in a multi-stream situation (full text).

  • New paper accepted, written by Henry, Herrmann, & Obleser- December 2, 2015

    The study shows how complex neural phase patterns across frequency bands are associated with changes in behavioral performance in non-rhythmic acoustic contexts (full text).