Research Group Neural and Environmental Rhythms

Brain rhythms readily synchronize with auditory rhythms, like those in music and speech. Although brain–environment synchrony is associated with positive behavioral outcomes – we better understand and remember material when brain–environment synchrony is tighter – we’re missing an understanding of why one person might succeed in a listening situation while another might fail. The Research Group Neural and Environmental Rhythms takes a dynamical-systems approach to understanding brain–environment synchrony, conceptualizing and modeling brain rhythms as being generated by neural oscillators (and testing that assumption along the way). We combine individual-differences, experimental, and lifespan (later half for now) approaches, and make use of psychophysics, electrophysiology (M/EEG), and modeling to move towards a more wholistic, mechanistic understanding of brain–environment synchrony and its role in auditory perception. 




Test–retest reliability of neural entrainment of the human auditory system

Brain rhythms synchronize with the rhythms in sounds with a phase lag that is consistent across trials within an experiment, but not necessarily consistent across people.


Creating and validating a tunable test of cocktail-party listening

One of the primary long-term goals of the research group is to understand behavioural and neural factors that predict cocktail-party listening success on an individual-by-individual basis.





Tara is a visiting scholar in the group and a PhD student at UCSD. She'll be with us for a year.


The Max Planck Research Group "Neural and Environmental Rhythms" is officially live as of 01 April. 



Lecture by Leslie Baxter, PhD (Mayo Clinic Arizona)

Neuroimaging Methods for Brain Mapping. An Overview of Using Neuroimaging for Clinical and Research Applications