Auditory Perception & Neuroscience

Interdisciplinary Graduate Group


Our group provides an opportunity to facilitate collaborations and the sharing of knowledge among hearing researchers at the University of Minnesota and the greater research community. The group’s interests focus on the understanding of the perceptual mechanisms underlying normal and impaired auditory systems. Current study methods involve the use of animal and human subjects to obtain physiological measures (evoked auditory surface potentials, neural imaging, and neurophysiology) and behavioral measures of simple and complex sounds, including speech and music.

The cross-disciplinary approach is represented by faculty, research associates, and students from such diverse departments as Biomedical Engineering; Ecology, Evolution and Behavior; Otolaryngology; Psychology; and Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences. Topics of recent studies by group members include intensity coding and loudness, pitch perception, auditory attention, stream segregation, neural plasticity, perception by persons with sensorineural hearing loss, perception by persons with cochlear, brainstem and midbrain implants, otoacoustic emissions, speech prosody, and auditory efferent nerve activity.

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The primary contact for this group is Andrew Oxenham (Department of Psychology; Additional members of the leadership team are Robert Schlauch (Department of Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences;, Mark Bee (Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior;, and Hubert H. Lim (Department of Biomedical Engineering;


Auditory Perception and Neuroscience