Sen­si­tiv­ity of rat infe­rior col­licu­lus neu­rons to fre­quency dis­tri­b­u­tions by Her­rmann et al.

New paper in press by AC Alumni Björn Her­rman in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Ed Bartlett and col­leagues from Pur­due Uni­ver­sity on stimulus-statistical and stimulus-specific adap­ta­tion in the rat infe­rior col­licu­lus that will appear soon in the Jour­nal of Neurophysiology.

Sen­si­tiv­ity of rat infe­rior col­licu­lus neu­rons to fre­quency distributions



  • Her­rmann B1, Parthasarathy A2, Han EX, Obleser J3, Bartlett EL2. Sen­si­tiv­ity of rat infe­rior col­licu­lus neu­rons to fre­quency dis­tri­b­u­tions. J Neu­ro­phys­iol. 2015 Sep 9:jn. PMID: 26354316. [Open with Read]

17. September 2015 by Steven Kalinke
Categories: Papers, Publications | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

We’ll be hir­ing soon: Post­docs wanted

The research group “Audi­tory Cog­ni­tion” (headed by Prof. Dr. Jonas Obleser; in the recently estab­lished Depart­ment of Psy­chol­ogy, Uni­ver­sity of Lübeck, is seek­ing to hire several

Post­doc­toral Researchers

start­ing by Jan­u­ary 2016, ini­tially for 3 years, with the option of a 2-year exten­sion. These posi­tions will fall into the larger frame­work of an ERC Con­sol­ida­tor grant “The lis­ten­ing chal­lenge: How age­ing brains adapt” recently awarded to Jonas Obleser, and will allow the joint devel­op­ment of cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science and psy­cho­log­i­cal research projects tar­get­ing adap­tive con­trol in the audi­tory modal­ity of middle-aged adults.

[About the ERC project: The audi­tory sen­sory modal­ity poses an excel­lent, although under-utilised, research model to under­stand the cog­ni­tive adjust­ments to sen­sory change (here termed “adap­tive con­trol”), their neural basis, and their large vari­a­tion amongst indi­vid­u­als. Hear­ing abil­i­ties begin to decline already in the fourth life decade, and our guid­ing hypoth­e­sis is that indi­vid­u­als dif­fer in the extent to which they are neu­rally, cog­ni­tively, and psy­cho­log­i­cally equipped to adapt to this sen­sory decline.]

We are look­ing for cre­ative minds with a PhD degree and a promis­ing track record in cog­ni­tive neu­ro­science, psy­chol­ogy, physics, or engi­neer­ing. A strong back­ground and inter­est in research meth­ods is desir­able. Prior expe­ri­ence with either human neu­ro­science meth­ods (espe­cially advanced EEG and/or fMRI analy­ses) or mod­el­ing of rich data sets (e.g., latent growth mod­el­ing, struc­tural equa­tion mod­el­ing) is expected.

The Uni­ver­sity of Lübeck is a mod­ern uni­ver­sity spe­cial­iz­ing in Med­i­cine, Com­puter Sci­ence, Mol­e­c­u­lar Biol­ogy, Bio­math­e­mat­ics and Med­ical Engi­neer­ing. Inter­na­tion­ally renowned research and high stan­dards of aca­d­e­mic tutor­ing char­ac­ter­ize the pro­file of the uni­ver­sity. A new ded­i­cated research build­ing (Cen­tre for Brain, Behav­iour, and Metab­o­lism; CBBM) hous­ing also the Obleser lab will open in late 2015.

Pay­ment will fol­low salary group E13 TV-L (full time), if con­di­tions based on Ger­man Pub­lic ser­vice reg­u­la­tions are satisfied.


These posi­tions will be announced offi­cially later in autumn 2015, but inter­ested can­di­dates should be in touch now with Jonas Obleser,

19. August 2015 by Dr. Jonas Obleser
Categories: Adaptive Control, Ageing, EEG / MEG, Executive Functions, fMRI, Job Offers |

Quick inter­view for

Based on Malte’s recent J Neu­rosci study, Jonas did a brief inter­view for Ger­man radio today and talked lis­ten­ing effort, dig­i­tal phone lines, noise reduc­tion, and next-generation hear­ing aids with host Teresa Nehm. (In Ger­man only.)

30. July 2015 by Dr. Jonas Obleser
Categories: Ageing, Auditory Speech Processing, Degraded Acoustics, Hearing Loss, Media, Publications, Speech | Tags: , , |

New edi­to­r­ial in “Brain & Lan­guage”: Re-visiting the elec­tro­phys­i­ol­ogy of language

I had the hon­our of guest-editing a spe­cial issue for the clas­sic jour­nal “Brain and Lan­guage” and have thus con­tributed a brief edi­to­r­ial (now online) to this issue. The spe­cial issue re-visits old themes and new leads in the elec­tro­phys­i­ol­ogy of speech, lan­guage, and its precursors.

UPDATE: The full spe­cial issue appeared in Sep­tem­ber 2015 and all arti­cles are now acces­si­ble and citable. Thanks for your kind attention!

16. July 2015 by Dr. Jonas Obleser
Categories: Auditory Speech Processing, EEG / MEG, Linguistics, Papers, Publications, Speech | Tags: , , , , , , |

New job post

Please spread the word:

We are offer­ing a PhD post (alter­na­tively, a half-time Post­doc­toral post) in our new Audi­tory Cog­ni­tion Uni­ver­sity of Lübeck branch! (Eng­lish ver­sion here.)

06. June 2015 by Dr. Jonas Obleser
Categories: Editorial Notes, Job Offers |

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