Special Seminar - Phillip Gander - Neuroscience of auditory cognition: Examples from basic and applied research



Special Seminar

Topic: Neuroscience of auditory cognition: Examples from basic and applied research

Speaker: Phillip Gander
University of Iowa

Abstract: Auditory cognition refers to a group of processes that describe how the brain makes sense of the acoustic world. Two aspects of auditory cognition, auditory streaming and auditory working memory, underlie our ability to form and manipulate auditory objects. Understanding the neural mechanisms underlying these processes is critical for successful translational research into auditory disorders. Examples using neuroimaging (EEG, ECoG, PET, fMRI) are highlighted from research into cochlear implants, tinnitus, and misophonia.

Brief biography:

Phillip Gander is an assistant research scientist in the Department of Neurosurgery and the Department of Otolaryngology at The University of Iowa. He conducts research using electrocorticography (ECoG) in the Human Brain Research Laboratory of Matt Howard, MD, and using neuroimaging (PET, EEG) in the Iowa Cochlear Implant Clinical Research Center. With the unique opportunities afforded by both research environments he investigates questions related to auditory object processing in collaboration with Tim Griffiths, MD, Newcastle University. He previously worked as a research fellow at the National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing, Nottingham, UK with Deb Hall. Phillip received his PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour in 2009 from McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, where he worked with Larry Roberts and Laurel Trainor.

Phillip’s research focus is auditory cognition from the perspective of cognitive neuroscience. Using psychophysics and neuroimaging he studies how the auditory system forms perceptual representations and the factors that contribute to their formation including learning, memory, and attention, under normal conditions and when they are disordered (e.g., hearing loss, cochlear implants, and tinnitus). In addition to investigating the brain bases of sound processing he places a strong emphasis on translating basic scientific findings into benefits for patients.
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