Prof. Dr. Mathias Scharinger

Research Interests

  • Categorization of acoustic information
  • Neural bases of speech sound representation
  • Predictive mechanisms in speech and language


Academic Education

2016Habilitation in Linguistics, University of Potsdam, Germany
2007Ph.D. Psycho/Neurolinguistic, University of Konstanz, Germany

Professional Experience

since 04/2017Professor of Phonetics in the Institute for German Linguistics at the University of Marburg, Germany
10/2015-03/2017Research Group Leader at the Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
07/2014-09/2015 Senior Research Fellow, University of Leipzig, Cognitive and Biological Psychology
01/2014-06/2014Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck-Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2014Projecet leader DFG-Project (University of Leipzig): Global and local aspects of temporal and lexical predictions for speech processing
2011-2013Post-Doc at the Max-Planck-Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science, Leipzig, Germany
2009-2010Post-Doc, University of Maryland, USA
2008 Research Fellow/Lecturer, University of Konstanz, Germany


Tavano, A., Blohm, S., Knoop, C., Muralikrishnan, R., Scharinger, M., Wagner, V., et al. (2020). Neural harmonics reflect grammaticality. bioRxiv - The Preprint Server for Biology, Preprint. Retrieved from Neural harmonics reflect grammaticality | bioRxiv

Articles (in peer-reviewed journals)

Wagner, V., Scharinger, M., Knoop, C. A., & Menninghaus, W. (2021). Effects of continuous self-reporting on aesthetic evaluation and emotional responses. Poetics, 85, Article 101497. doi:10.1016/j.poetic.2020.101497 

Blohm, S., Schlesewsky, M., Menninghaus, W., & Scharinger, M. (2021). Text type attribution modulates pre-stimulus alpha power in sentence reading. Brain and Language, 214, e104894.  doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2020.104894

Auracher, J., Menninghaus, W., & Scharinger, M. (2020). Sound Predicts Meaning: Cross-Modal Associations Between Formant Frequency and Emotional Tone in Stanzas. Cognitive Science,44(10): e12906.  doi:10.1111/cogs.12906

Frank, M., Muhlack, B., Zebe, F., & Scharinger, M. (2020). Contributions of pitch and spectral information to cortical vowel categorization. Journal of Phonetics, 79, 1-13.  doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2020.100963

Scharinger, M. (2019). Abstractions, predictions, and speech sound representations. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, accepted commentary, forthcoming.

Auracher, J., Scharinger, M., & Menninghaus, W. (2019). Contiguity-based sound iconicity: The meaning of words resonates with phonetic properties of their immediate verbal contexts. Plos One14(5), e0216930. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0216930

Zimmerer, F., Scharinger, M., Cornell, S., Reetz, H., & Eulitz, C. (2019). Neural mechanisms for coping with acoustically reduced speech. Brain and Language, 191, 46-57.  doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2019.02.001

Menninghaus, W., Wagner, V., Knoop, C. A., & Scharinger, M. (2018). Poetic speech melody: A crucial link between music and language. Plos One, 13(11), e0205980.  doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0205980

Kraxenberger, M., Menninghaus, W., Roth, A., & Scharinger, M. (2018). Prosody-Based Sound-Emotion Associations in Poetry. Frontiers in Psychology, 9:1284. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01284

Schuster, S., Scharinger, M., Brooks, C., Lahiri, A., & Hartwigsen, G. (2018). The neural correlates of morphological complexity processing: Detecting structure in pseudowords. Human Brain Mapping, 39(6), 2317-2328. doi:10.1002/hbm.23975 

Scharinger, M., Steinberg, J., & Tavano, A. (2017). Integrating speech in time depends on temporal expectancies and attention. Cortex, 93, 28-40. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2017.05.001

Scharinger, M., Domahs, U., Klein, E., & Domahs, F. (2016). Mental representations of vowel features asymmetrically modulate activity in superior temporal sulcus. Brain and Language, 163, 42-49. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2016.09.002

Scharinger, M., Monahan, P. J., & Idsardi, W. J. (2016). Linguistic category structure influences early auditory processing: Converging evidence from mismatch responses and cortical oscillations. NeuroImage, 128, 293-301. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.01.003

Scharinger, M., Bendixen, A., Herrmann, B., Henry, M.J., Mildner, T. & Obleser, J. (2016). Predictions interact with missing sensory evidence in semantic processing areas. Human Brain Mapping, 37(2), 704-716. doi:10.1002/hbm.23060

Tavano, A., & Scharinger, M. (2015). Prediction in speech and language processing. Cortex, 68(0), 1-7. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2015.05.001

Lago, S., Scharinger, M., Kronrod, Y., & Idsardi, W. J. (2015). Categorical effects in fricative perception are reflected in cortical source information. Brain and Language, 143, 52-58. doi:10.1016/j.bandl.2015.02.003

Strauß, A., Henry, M. J., Scharinger, M., & Obleser, J. (2015). Alpha Phase Determines Successful Lexical Decision in Noise. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35(7), 3256-3262. doi:10.1523/jneurosci.3357-14.2015

Scharinger, M., Henry, M.J., & Obleser, J. (2015). Acoustic cue selection and discrimination under degradation: Differential contributions of inferior parietal and posterior temporal cortex. NeuroImage, 106, 373-381. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.11.050

Herrmann, B., Henry, M. J., Scharinger, M., & Obleser, J. (2014). Supplementary motor area activations predict individual differences in temporal-change sensitivity and its illusory distortions. NeuroImage, 101, 370-379. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.07.026

Scharinger, M., Herrmann, B., Nierhaus, T., & Obleser, J. (2014). Simultaneous EEG-fMRI brain signatures of auditory cue utilization. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 8:137.  doi:10.3389/fnins.2014.00137

Strauss, A., Kotz, S. A., Scharinger, M., & Obleser, J. (2014). Alpha and theta brain oscillations index dissociable processes in spoken word recognition. NeuroImage, 97, 387-395. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.04.005

Zimmerer, F., Scharinger, M., & Reetz, H. (2014). Phonological and morphological constraints on German /t/-deletions. Journal of Phonetics, 45(0), 64-75. doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2014.03.006

Scharinger, M. & Idsardi, W. (2014). Sparseness of vowel category structure: Evidence from English dialect comparison. Lingua, 140, 35-51. doi:10.1016/j.lingua.2013.11.007

Scharinger, M., Henry, M., Meyer, L., Erb, J. & Obleser, J. (2014). Thalamic and parietal brain morphology predicts auditory category learning. Neuropsychologia, 53, 75-83. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.09.012

Bendixen, A., Scharinger, M., Strauss, A., & Obleser, J. (2014). Prediction in the service of comprehension: modulated early brain responses to omitted speech segments. Cortex, 53, 9-26. doi:10.1016/j.cortex.2014.01.001

Herrmann, B., Henry, M., Scharinger, M. & Obleser, J. (2013). Auditory filter width affects response magnitude but not frequency specificity in auditory cortex. Hearing Research, 304, 128-136. doi:10.1016/j.heares.2013.07.005

Scharinger, M., Henry, M. & Obleser, J. (2013). Prior experience with negative spectral correlations promotes information-integration during auditory category learning. Memory & Cognition, 41(5), 752-768. doi:10.3758/s13421-013-0294-9

Book Chapters

Scharinger, M. (2020). Sprache und Musik aus der Sicht der Neurokognition: Sprechen, Singen und Melodie als verbindendes Element. In C. Philipsen & U. Omonsky (Eds.), Das Melodram in Geschichte und Aufführungspraxis (pp. 335-374). Augsburg: Wißner-Verlag.

Scharinger, M. (2019). Melodie. In P. Nicklas (Ed.), Literatur und Musik im Künstevergleich. Empirische und hermeneutische Methoden (pp. 35-57). Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter.

Scharinger, M. (2018). Neural bases of phonological representations: Empirical approaches and methods. In C. Ulbrich, A. Werth & R. Wiese (Eds.), Empirical approaches to the phonological structure of words (pp. 241-272). Berlin, Boston: Walter de Gruyter GmbH.

Scharinger, M. (2017). Are there brain bases for phonological markedness? In B. D. Samuels (Ed.), Beyond Markedness in Formal Phonology (pp. 191-218). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company.

Scharinger, M. (2016). Ungestörte Lautverarbeitung. In U. Domahs & B. Primus (Eds.), Handbuch Laut, Gebärde, Buchstabe (Vol. 2, pp. 163-181). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.


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  • Lyrical speech melody

    Since antiquity, poets have been likened to singers. The Romantic understanding of poetry has further reinforced the analogies between music and poetry. Our project investigates the extent to which this analogy can be pushed beyond meter and rhyme to ...