The temporal structure of perceptual experience


Analysing the past to predict the future–Processing of temporal information in the brain

Humans rely on the analysis of sensory input as an important source of knowledge about the world. Especially predicting the ‚when‘ of future events is crucial for successful interaction with our environment. How does the brain exploit the temporal structure of sensory information to predict upcoming events?


Are you in sync with yourself? Coordination of speech production and perception

In this project we test the influence of rhythmic speech production on speech perception. Auditory perception has been shown to utilize temporal predictions from the motor system to increase its performance (Arnal, & Giraud, 2012; Merchant, & Yarrow, 2016).


Beautiful sounds across species: How do birdsong and human music drive their listeners’ emotions?

For thousands of years people have admired the beauty of birdsong. But scientific understanding of this phenomenon is still restricted to studying learning and production mechanisms, as well as ecological function (how songs are used to attract mates and to defend territories).



Studying the neurocognitive processes behind the flow of consciousness

To create a continuous conscious percept, our brain is concurrently carrying out multiple tasks: sampling sensory information, predicting upcoming events, storing long-term memories, maintaining and reactivating information from the past, etc.