Will be at the Society for Neuroscience Meeting next week in DC? Come find us in the Wednesday afternoon session with a bunch of (we think) very cool attention-related posters (Poster boards UU42–UU46):
804.06. Auditory attention and predictive processing co-modulate speech comprehension in middle-aged adults
*S. TUNE, M. WÖSTMANN, J. OBLESER;
804.05. Implicit temporal predictability enhances auditory pitch-discrimination sensitivity
*S. K. HERBST, M. PLÖCHL, A. HERRMANN, J. OBLESER;
804.09. Are visual and auditory detection performance driven by a supramodal attentional rhythm?
*M. PLOECHL, S. KASTNER, I. C. FIEBELKORN, J. OBLESER;
804.08. Spatio-temporal expectations exert differential effects on visual and auditory discrimination
*A. WILSCH, J. OBLESER, C. E. SCHROEDER, C. S. HERRMANN, S. HAEGENS
804.07. Transcranial 10-Hz stimulation but also eye closure modulate auditory attention
*M. WÖSTMANN, L.-M. SCHMITT, J. VOSSKUHL, C. S. HERRMANN, J. OBLESER
Here comes a new paper in Nature Communications by former AC postdoc Molly Henry, with former fellow postdoc AC alumnus Björn Herrmann, our tireless lab manager, Dunja Kunke, and myself! It is a late (to us quite important) result from our lab’s tenure at the Max Planck in Leipzig,
The research group “Auditory Cognition” (headed by Prof. Dr. Jonas Obleser; auditorycognition.com) in the recently established Department of Psychology, University of Lübeck, is seeking to hire several
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, email@example.com
Based on Malte’s recent J Neurosci study, Jonas did a brief interview for German radio detektor.fm today and talked listening effort, digital phone lines, noise reduction, and next-generation hearing aids with host Teresa Nehm. (In German only.)
It is with great pleasure that we can report on a new major grant for the Auditory Cognition group / Obleser lab: In the 2014 call by the European Research Council (ERC), Jonas Obleser has very recently been awarded an ERC Consolidator grant (for researchers 7–12 years post their PhD), worth 1.97 million €. The grant has been awarded to fund a project entitled “The listening challenge: How ageing brains adapt”. The project will last for five years.
Congratulations to AC PhD student Malte Wöstmann for his newly accepted paper in the Journal of Neuroscience!
Wöstmann M, Herrmann B, Wilsch A, & Obleser J.
J Neurosci, in press.
Here is the abstract and my favourite figure from Malte’s paper.
German radio broadcaster MDR Info did an interview & feature on Malte’s Experiment. Check out the stream below:
Congratulation to PhD student Malte Wöstmann, who – with Erich Schröger and Jonas Obleser – has a new article in press at the Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
forthcoming. We will update you accordingly as the paper comes online. We will share however one of Malte’s figures here as a teaser: The paper utilises a very classic component of the evoked potential, the contingent negative variation (the CNV; or a close relative thereof, see the actual paper for discussion) to study how older and younger listeners allocate their attentional resources depending on implicit cues on to-be-expected listening difficulties.